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Topic: SCHOOL

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus 'bachelor', from baccalarius ( BACHELOR); influenced by Latin bacca 'berry' and laureus 'laurel'

baccalaureate

noun
     
bac‧ca‧lau‧re‧ate [countable]
1SES an examination in a range of subjects that students do in their final school year in France and some other countries, and in some international schools
2 American English formal a bachelor's degree
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