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[pohst-graj-oo-it, -eyt]
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  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or consisting of post-graduates: a postgraduate seminar.
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  1. a student who is taking advanced work after graduation, as from a high school or college.
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Origin of postgraduate

First recorded in 1855–60; post- + graduate
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alum, alumna, postgraduate

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British Dictionary definitions for post-graduate


  1. a student who has obtained a degree from a university, etc, and is pursuing studies for a more advanced qualification
  2. (modifier) of or relating to such a student or to his studies
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Also (US and Canadian): graduate
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Word Origin and History for post-graduate


also postgraduate, 1858, originally American English, from post- + graduate (adj.). As a noun, attested from 1890. Abbreviation post-grad is recorded from 1950.

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