cum laude

adverb or adjective

cum lau·​de ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də How to pronounce cum laude (audio)
: with distinction
graduated cum laude
compare magna cum laude, summa cum laude

Examples of cum laude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jaffe graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and theater arts. William Earl, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 My father learned to speak English, became a U.S. citizen and graduated cum laude from UCLA. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 25 May 2022 Stump, who graduated cum laude with a major in elementary education, has accepted a full-time teaching position with Harford County Public Schools at Meadowvale Elementary School in Havre de Grace. Katia Parks, Baltimore Sun, 29 June 2023 Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia: Caroline Marie Gard, bachelor’s degree, cum laude. Chicago Tribune, 29 June 2023 Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Law School. CBS News, 30 June 2022 Esarey graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business from Baldwin-Wallace College, now called Baldwin Wallace University, and graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average while earning a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2021 Kirkland Crawford, a Detroit native who has worked at the Detroit Free Press since high school, is the new sports editor of the paper and Crawford grew up in Northwest Detroit, is a graduate of Detroit Renaissance High School and a 2006 cum laude graduate of Central Michigan University. Free Press Staff Reports, Detroit Free Press, 1 Jan. 2021 Bathiany graduated cum laude from Denison in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in physical education with a concentration in sports management. James Weber, The Enquirer, 6 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


New Latin, with praise

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cum laude was in 1851

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“Cum laude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

cum laude

adverb or adjective
: with distinction : with honors
graduated cum laude

Latin, "with praise"

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