cum laude

adverb or adjective
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

Examples of cum laude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The younger Gallagher grew up in the Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis and received his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Minnesota, graduating cum laude in 1958 at just 23 years old. Marissa Evans, Star Tribune, "Thomas P. Gallagher, career arbitrator and lifelong learner, dies at 86," 27 Jan. 2021 Amanda majored in sociology and graduated cum laude. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the Youngest Ever Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman," 20 Jan. 2021 At Alabama, Ryans graduated cum laude in seven semesters with a degree in business marketing and was a finalist for the Draddy Trophy, which is given to the player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance. Eric Branch,, "49ers promote Ryans to defensive coordinator; McDaniel elevated to offensive coordinator," 18 Jan. 2021 Of the 2,123 bachelor’s degree students graduating with academic honors, 290 earned summa cum laude distinction with a 3.9 to 4.0 grade point average, while 1,069 were magna cum laude (3.7 to 3.89) and 545 were cum laude (3.5 to 3.69). Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Medina County students graduate from Kent State University," 21 Aug. 2020 Ocasio-Cortez, who graduated cum laude from Boston University with degrees in international relations and economics, responded to Trump's criticisms on Twitter by challenging him to release his transcript and compare them to hers. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "AOC challenges Trump for calling her 'poor student': 'You release your college transcript, I’ll release mine'," 13 Aug. 2020 The statement said Grossman graduated cum laude on May 3 from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in environment and natural resources and honors research distinction in environment, economy, development and sustainability. Jennie Key, The Enquirer, "Autopsy results complete for woman who died after Columbus protest," 11 July 2020 In 1977, twenty-one-year old Melvin Lindsey had just graduated cum laude with a journalism degree from Howard University and had just begun hosting The Quiet Storm part-time at WHUR. Ericka Blount Danois, Essence, "Play Another Slow Jam: An Oral History of The Quiet Storm," 26 June 2020 Education: Patrick graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature in 1978. Libby Cathey, ABC News, "Deval Patrick: Everything you need to know about the 2020 presidential candidate," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of cum laude

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cum laude

New Latin, with praise

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9 Feb 2021

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“Cum laude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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formal : with honor

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