Definition of licentiate in English:

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Pronunciation: /līˈsenSH(ē)it/


1The holder of a certificate of competence to practice a certain profession.
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  • She is MTNA nationally certified in piano and music theory and earned the licentiate in piano teaching from The Royal Schools of Music.
1.1(In certain universities, especially in Europe) a degree between that of bachelor and master or doctor.
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  • In 1984 he moved to Canada, where he did a masters in divinity and licentiate in moral theology at the University of Toronto.
  • He was compelled to study philosophy and theology by his parents, which he greatly resented, and he graduated from the University of Basel with a master's degree in philosophy in 1671 and a licentiate in theology in 1676.
  • He was educated in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure and he received his licentiate with a thesis.
1.2The holder of a licentiate degree.
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  • In addition, there is a cadre of medical professionals called medical licentiates who are basically clinical officers who have taken further training so that they can help doctors though the training does not turn them into doctors.
  • He is an accomplished pianist and a licentiate of the Royal School of Music.



Pronunciation: /-ˌSHip/
Example sentences
  • She went to Paris in 1891 for further studies and obtained licentiateships in physics and mathematical sciences.
  • Regulations of The Institute require that candidates for the licentiateship should ultimately be tested on the submission of an approved thesis or research dissertation.
  • It also organises an annual public exhibition of members’ work and awards licentiateships, associateships and fellowships.


Late 15th century: from medieval Latin, noun use of licentiatus 'having freedom', based on licentia 'freedom'.

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Syllabification: li·cen·ti·ate

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