Phi Beta Kappa

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

Definition of Phi Beta Kappa

  1. :  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

  1. He belongs to Phi Beta Kappa.

  2. He made Phi Beta Kappa his sophomore year.

  3. He's a Phi Beta Kappa.

Origin and Etymology of 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: 1854


PHI BETA KAPPA Defined for English Language Learners

Phi Beta Kappa

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

Definition of Phi Beta Kappa for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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