- to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.
- to register (a coat of arms), used especially in Scottish heraldry.
- to be matriculated.
- a person who has been matriculated.
Origin of matriculate
Examples from the Web for matriculation
The Atlanta Journal Constitution quotes the letter as saying, “Your matriculation would be a wonderful triumph over adversity.”A College, a Gun—and a Big Injustice
June 7, 2009
I never was so honest for so long together since my matriculation.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"Come down, Burton; here's a youth for matriculation," cried the younger.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
And she forced on the timorous Prue a quarter as her matriculation fee.In a Little Town
Fees for an entire course, with matriculation and library, $110.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
J. M. Peck
I then wrote home for the matriculation fee ($13), as I had labored there all summer.The Sylvan Cabin
Edward Smyth Jones
- the process of matriculating
- (in Britain, except Scotland) a former school examination, which was replaced by the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level), now superseded by the General Certificate of Secondary Education
- to enrol or be enrolled in an institution, esp a college or university
- (intr) to attain the academic standard required for a course at such an institution
- Also called: matriculant a person who has matriculated
Word Origin and History for matriculation
1580s, noun of action from matriculate (v.).
1570s, "to admit a student to a college by enrolling his name on the register," from Late Latin matriculatus, past participle of matriculare "to register," from Latin matricula "public register," diminutive of matrix (genitive matricis) "list, roll," also "sources, womb" (see matrix).
The connection of senses in the Latin word seems to be via confusion of Greek metra "womb" (from meter "mother;" see mother (n.1)) and an identical but different Greek word metra meaning "register, lot" (see meter (n.2)). Evidently Latin matrix was used to translate both, though it originally shared meaning with only one. Related: Matriculated; matriculating.