cum lau·​de | \ ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də How to pronounce cum laude (audio) , -dē; ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē\

Definition of cum laude

: with distinction graduated cum laude — compare magna cum laude, summa cum laude

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Born in Florence and a cum laude graduate in contemporary history, professional journalist Marco Ferri has been involved in culture and entertainment for more than 30 years. National Geographic, "Marco Ferri," 12 June 2019 The groom graduated cum laude from St. John’s University. New York Times, "Silvia Garcia, Roberto Cotto," 1 July 2018 The couple met at Colorado College, from which both graduated cum laude. New York Times, "Vita Emery, Matthew Beaton," 1 July 2018 Nearly half of students who graduated from Lehigh University, Princeton University and the University of Southern California this year did so with cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude honors, or their equivalents. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "You Graduated Cum Laude? So Did Everyone Else," 2 July 2018 Kevin O'Hara graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s of business administration. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 1 June 2018 Our reliance on it is reinforced in its use for awarding certain honors (such as cum laude), obtaining and maintaining scholarship status, and hiring for internships or even jobs after graduation. Tom Solomon, Washington Post, "GPAs don’t really show what students learned. Here’s why.," 15 June 2018 Peters was a high school teacher who graduated cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in biology in 2016. Monique Judge, The Root, "Unarmed Black Teacher, a Recent VCU Honors Grad, Shot and Killed by Virginia Police," 15 May 2018 Braue is a cum laude graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law and a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with degrees in economics and political science. The Aegis, "Harford County Public Library Foundation elects three new board members," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of cum laude

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cum laude

New Latin, with praise

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formal : with honor

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