- commencement (n.)
- late 13c., "beginning," from Old French comencement "beginning, start" (Modern French commencement), from comencier (see commence). Meaning "school graduation ceremony" attested by 1850, American English. (Sense "entrance upon the privileges of a master or doctor in a university" is from late 14c.)
I know what you are thinking of -- the class members grouped in a semicircle on the stage, the three scared boys in new ready-made black suits, the seventeen pretty girls in fluffy white dresses (the gowns of the year), each senior holding a ribbon-tied manuscript bulging with thoughts on "Beyond the Alps Lies Italy," "Our Ship is Launched -- Whither Shall it Sail?" and similar topics. [Charles Moreau Harger, "The Real Commencement," "New Outlook," May 8, 1909]
- 1. the commencement of the financial year
- 2. Would passengers please put out cigarettes before the commencement of the flight.
- 3. Who gave your commencement address?
- 谁给你们做了毕业演说? oration指 “正式演说”,如:
- 4. All applicants should be at least 16 years of age at the commencement of this course.
- 5. 'Commence,'was Monsieur Defarge's not unreasonable reply,'at the commencement.'
- “ 从开头说起, ” 德伐日的回答不无道理.
来自英汉文学 - 双城记
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