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[v. muh-trik-yuh-leyt; n. muh-trik-yuh-lit] /v. məˈtrɪk yəˌleɪt; n. məˈtrɪk yə lɪt/
verb (used with object), matriculated, matriculating.
to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.
to register (a coat of arms), used especially in Scottish heraldry.
verb (used without object), matriculated, matriculating.
to be matriculated.
a person who has been matriculated.
Origin of matriculate
1480-90 for earlier sense; < Medieval Latin mātrīculātus (person) listed (for some specific duty), equivalent to mātrīcul(a) list (see matriculant) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
matriculation, noun
matriculator, noun
rematriculate, verb, rematriculated, rematriculating.
unmatriculated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for matriculate
  • Athletes want to know this before they matriculate.
  • Wake Forest is one of more than 100 colleges and universities across the country where a computer is now required to matriculate.
  • Working part time, they matriculate in five years.
  • For example, you cannot matriculate in publicly funded schools without proper vaccinations.
  • Watts did not matriculate college, and has had some coursework in meteorology and physics back in the early 70s.
  • See if you can enter the program as a non-matriculated student.
  • Approximately 4000 students matriculate into the College's academic programs.
  • Yet students apply, matriculate, and pay tuition into their coffers.
  • Students continue to matriculate because they don't know the odds.
  • Some students, disproportionately from privileged backgrounds, matriculate well prepared for college.
British Dictionary definitions for matriculate


verb (məˈtrɪkjʊˌleɪt)
to enrol or be enrolled in an institution, esp a college or university
(intransitive) to attain the academic standard required for a course at such an institution
noun (məˈtrɪkjʊlɪt)
Also called matriculant. a person who has matriculated
Derived Forms
matriculator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin mātrīculāre to register, from mātrīcula, diminutive of matrix list, matrix
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Word Origin and History for matriculate

1570s, "to admit a student to a college by enrolling his name on the register," from Late Latin matriculatus, past participle of matriculare "to register," from Latin matricula "public register," diminutive of matrix (genitive matricis) "list, roll," also "sources, womb" (see matrix).

The connection of senses in the Latin word seems to be via confusion of Greek metra "womb" (from meter "mother;" see mother (n.1)) and an identical but different Greek word metra meaning "register, lot" (see meter (n.2)). Evidently Latin matrix was used to translate both, though it originally shared meaning with only one. Related: Matriculated; matriculating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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