Part of speech: noun

A beginning; origin.

Part of speech: noun

A celebration at the close of a college course, when degrees are conferred; also, the day so observed.

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Usage examples "commencement":

  1. The road at the commencement looks as if it led up the plain. - "The South of France--East Half", Charles Bertram Black.
  2. Why, our bunch alone will make seven trains, and that ain't a commencement. - "The Lure of the Dim Trails", by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower.
  3. He died at the commencement of this second punishment.... - "Comrade Kropotkin", Victor Robinson.