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 Alex, a graduate of Elyria High School, has graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Create a healthier home environment: Around The Town," 7 Feb. 2020 Maha Rashid, Medina Highland, neuroscience major cum laude. Sam Boyer,, "College Corner Medina County," 9 Aug. 2019 The groom graduated cum laude from Ohio State University and received a medical degree from the University of Toledo. New York Times, "Lindsay Dare, Christopher Minning," 29 Apr. 2018 Hamm earned a cum laude bachelor of arts and a master’s from Loyola College., "Edgewood High to induct six new members into Hall of Fame on Oct. 4," 30 Sep. 2019 Honor requirements are a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 for summa cum laude, 3.7-3.89 for magna cum laude, and 3.5-3.69 for cum laude. Houston Chronicle, "Area students earn honors, graduate from colleges," 8 July 2019 Of the 575 bachelor’s degree students graduating with academic honors, 25 earned summa cum laude distinction with a 3.8 to 4.0 grade point average, while 37 were magna cum laude (3.60 to 3.79) and 57 were cum laude (3.3 to 3.59). Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "North Royalton student is semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship program: Talk of the Towns," 3 Oct. 2019 Lou graduated cum laude from Colgate University in 1955 and graduated with honors from The University of Michigan Law school in 1961 and was a member of the Order of the Coif., "Deaths in Central Florida: 10/20," 20 Oct. 2019 In Ed Dwight, the White House had found more than Murrow could have hoped for: a charismatic flier with a cum laude aeronautics degree from Arizona State University, and the required flight time and performance ratings. Emily Ludolph, New York Times, "Ed Dwight Was Set to Be the First Black Astronaut. Here’s Why That Never Happened.," 16 July 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Cum laude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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formal : with honor

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