Phi Beta Kappa

noun
Phi Be·​ta Kap·​pa | \ ˌfī-ˌbā-tə-ˈka-pə How to pronounce Phi Beta Kappa (audio) \

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 in a Sentence

She belongs to Phi Beta Kappa. He made Phi Beta Kappa his sophomore year. He's a Phi Beta Kappa.

First Known Use of Phi Beta Kappa

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of Phi Beta Kappa was in 1854

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“Phi Beta Kappa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Phi%20Beta%20Kappa. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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