the degree of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, etc.
: also baccalaureate address (or sermon)
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Word origin of 'baccalaureate'ML baccalaureatus; as if < L bacca laureus, laurel berry, but actually < ML baccalaris, vassal farmer, young nobleman seeking to become a knight < ? Gaul *bakalākos, a staff-bearer, shepherd < L baculum, staff