[bak-uh-lawr-ee-it, -lor-] /ˌbæk əˈlɔr i ɪt, -ˈlɒr-/
a religious service held at an educational institution, usually on the Sunday before commencement day.
the university degree of Bachelor or Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc
an internationally recognized programme of study, comprising different subjects, offered as an alternative to a course of A levels in Britain
(US) a farewell sermon delivered at the commencement ceremonies in many colleges and universities
1620s, “university degree of a bachelor,” from Medieval Latin baccalaureatus, from baccalaureus “student with the first degree,” altered by a play on words with bacca lauri “laurel berry” (laurels being awarded for academic success).
The Medieval Latin word perhaps ultimately is derived from Latin baculum “staff” (see bacillus), which the young student might carry, but it is more likely just a re-Latinization of bachelor (q.v.) in its academic sense. In modern U.S. usage, the word usually is short for baccalaureate-sermon (1864), a religious farewell address to the graduating class.
[pohst-bag] /ˈpoʊstˌbæg/ noun, British. 1. . 2. a batch of mail from a single delivery. /ˈpəʊstˌbæɡ/ noun 1. (mainly Brit) another name for mailbag 2. the mail received by a magazine, radio programme, public figure, etc
[pohst-bag] /ˈpoʊstˌbæg/ noun, British. 1. . 2. a batch of mail from a single delivery.
[pohst-bel-uh m] /poʊstˈbɛl əm/ adjective 1. occurring after a war, especially after the American Civil War: postbellum reforms.
/ˈpəʊstˈbɛləm/ adjective 1. (prenominal) of or during the period after a war, esp the American Civil War adj. also postbellum, used in U.S. South from 1874 in reference to American Civil War; see post- + bellicose.