Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

degree - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun degree pronunciation in British English /dɪˈɡriː/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [countable] a unit for measuring temperature. Measurements are often expressed as a number followed by the symbol °
    It will probably be a few degrees colder by the weekend.
    25° Celsius
  2. 2
    [countable] a unit for measuring angles. Measurements are often expressed as a number followed by the symbol °
    The two lines meet at a 90° angle.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] an amount of something such as a feeling or a quality
    The job requires a high degree of skill.
    The schools have had varying degrees of success in improving their results.
    some degree of something (=a small amount of something): The project has had some degree of success.
    to a/some degree (=partly): What you say is true to some degree.
    to a large degree: To a large degree it is parents who should take the blame.
  4. 4
    [countable] a course of study at a university, or the qualification that you get after completing the course
    a biology degree
    degree in: a master’s degree in English literature
    do/take a degree: She’s doing a degree at Exeter University.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


a stupid person

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog