Meaning of DEGREE in English


/ dɪˈgriː; NAmE / noun


[ C ] a unit for measuring angles :

an angle of ninety degrees (90°)


[ C ] ( abbr. deg. ) a unit for measuring temperature :

Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (32°F) or zero / nought degrees Celsius (0°C).


[ C , U ] the amount or level of sth :

Her job demands a high degree of skill.

I agree with you to a certain degree .

To what degree can parents be held responsible for a child's behaviour?

Most pop music is influenced, to a greater or lesser degree, by the blues.


[ C ] the qualification obtained by students who successfully complete a university or college course :

My brother has a master's degree from Harvard.

She has a degree in Biochemistry from London University.

a four-year degree course


[ C ] ( BrE ) a university or college course, normally lasting three years or more :

I'm hoping to do a chemistry degree.


[ C ] a level in a scale of how serious sth is :

murder in the first degree (= of the most serious kind)

first-degree murder

third-degree (= very serious) burns


- by degrees

—more at nth



Middle English (in the senses step , tier , rank , or relative state ): from Old French , based on Latin de- down + gradus step or grade.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.