Definition of Doctor of Philosophy in English:

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Doctor of Philosophy

Pronunciation: /ˈdäktər əv fəˈläsəfē/
(abbreviation Ph.D.)


1A doctorate in any discipline except medicine, or sometimes theology.
Example sentences
  • For one, we do not require our faculty to have a PhD or even a masters degree.
  • Originally obtaining a natural sciences degree Gordon went on to obtain a PhD before turning to medicine.
  • Parveen got a Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry from the Regional Engineering College, Tiruchi.
1.1A person holding a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Example sentences
  • Besides there is a large concentration of PhDs and masters degree holders.
  • With all the Law degrees and PhDs on the documentary subcommittee, one would think the slightest degree of fair and original thinking might shine through.
  • Meteorologists and PhDs in math and economics helped analyze and model the vast amounts of data that Enron used in its trading operations.

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Syllabification: Doc·tor of Phi·los·o·phy

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