Synonyms: level, stage, point, standard, grade, gradation, social class, rank, etc.
Definition of degree
1. any of a series of steps or stages, as in a process or course of action; a point in any scale.The doctor will determine the degree of her illness.2. a stage or point in or as if in progression or retrogression: We followed the degrees of her recovery with joy. 3. a stage in a scale of intensity or amount:a high degree of mastery. 4. extent, measure, scope, or the like: To what degree will he cooperate? 5. a stage in a scale of rank or station; relative standing in society, business, etc.: His uncouth behavior showed him to be a man of low degree. 6. Education. an academic title conferred by universities and colleges as an indication of the completion of a course of study, or as an honorary recognition of achievement.She will pursue a medical degree. 7. a unit of measure, as of temperature or pressure, marked off on the scale of a measuring instrument: This thermometer shows a scale of degrees between only 20° and 40° C. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius. 8. a certain distance or remove in the line of descent, determining the proximity of relationship: a cousin of the second degree. 9. the distinctive classification of a crime according to its gravity:murder in the first degree.