Bac"ca*lau"re*ate (?), n. [NL. baccalaureatus, fr.LL. baccalaureus a bachelor of arts, fr. baccalarius, but as if fr L. bacca lauri bayberry, from the practice of the bachelor's wearing a garland of bayberries. See Bachelor.]


The degree of bachelor of arts. (B.A. or A.B.), the first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges.


A baccalaureate sermon.



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Bac`ca*lau"re*ate, a.

Pertaining to a bachelor of arts.

Baccalaureate sermon, in some American colleges, a sermon delivered as a farewell discourse to a graduating class.


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