Phi Beta Kappa

noun Phi Be·ta Kap·pa \ˌfī-ˌbā-tə-ˈka-pə\

: a special society for students who do excellent academic work at a college or university in the U.S.

: a person who is a member of Phi Beta Kappa

Full Definition of PHI BETA KAPPA

:  a person winning high scholastic distinction in an American college or university and being elected to membership in a national honor society founded in 1776

Examples of PHI BETA KAPPA

  1. He belongs to Phi Beta Kappa.
  2. He made Phi Beta Kappa his sophomore year.
  3. He's a Phi Beta Kappa.


Phi Beta Kappa (Society), from phi + beta + kappa, initials of the society's Greek motto philosophia biou kybernētēs philosophy the guide of life
First Known Use: 1912


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