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doctorate Line breaks: doc¦tor|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɒkt(ə)rət/

Definition of doctorate in English:


The highest degree awarded by a university faculty or other approved educational organization: a doctorate in art history
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  • He was awarded five honorary doctorates by universities, two in the US and three in Britain.
  • His most recent visit was last year, when he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of York.
  • In the following year he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Pisa.


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin doctoratus 'made a doctor'.

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