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commencement definition

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This page has 5 definitions of commencement in English, French, and Middle French. Commencement is a noun. Examples of how to use commencement in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English commencement definition

Etymology

From French commencement; analyzable as commence +‎ -ment.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kəˈmɛnsmənt/
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  • Hyphenation: com‧mence‧ment

Noun

commencement (countable and uncountable, plural commencements)

  1. The first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing
    The time of Henry VII nearly coincides with the commencement of what is termed modern history.
    Synonyms: rise, origin, beginning, start, dawn
    • 1800, William Took, View of the Russian empire during the reign of Catharine the Second:
      Yet from the commencement of mining there have been unnoble proprietors of mines, who belonged to the class of merchants.
  2. The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others.
  3. A graduation ceremony, from a school, college or university.

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French commencement definition

Etymology

Old French comencement, corresponding to commencer +‎ -ment

Pronunciation

Noun

commencement m (plural commencements)

  1. beginning, start

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Middle French commencement definition

Etymology

Old French comencement, corresponding to commencer +‎ -ment

Noun

commencement m (plural commencemens)

  1. beginning, start