noun di·plo·ma \də-ˈplō-mə\

: a document which shows that a person has finished a course of study or has graduated from a school

plural diplomas

Full Definition of DIPLOMA

plural also di·plo·ma·ta \-mə-tə\ :  an official or state document :  charter
:  a writing usually under seal conferring some honor or privilege
:  a document bearing record of graduation from or of a degree conferred by an educational institution

Examples of DIPLOMA

  1. He earned his high school diploma by attending classes at night.

Origin of DIPLOMA

Latin, passport, diploma, from Greek diplōma folded paper, passport, from diploun to double, from diploos
First Known Use: 1622

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

Rhymes with DIPLOMA

DIPLOMAS Defined for Kids


noun di·plo·ma \də-ˈplō-mə\

Definition of DIPLOMA for Kids

:  a certificate that shows a person has finished a course of study or graduated from a school


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