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doctorate

[dok-ter-it] /ˈdɒk tər ɪt/
noun
1.
2.
doctor's degree (defs 1, 2).
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Medieval Latin doctorātus degree of doctor. See doctor, -ate3
Related forms
predoctorate, noun
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doctorate

/ˈdɒktərɪt; -trɪt/
noun
1.
the highest academic degree in any field of knowledge Also called doctor's degree
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doctorate

n.

"degree of a doctor," 1670s; see doctor (n.) + -ate (1).

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