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 Lawson graduated cum laude with an undergraduate film degree from a college in the Windy City, then moved to Los Angeles to accept a full-tuition scholarship for a prestigious directing program. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 22 June 2022 Judge Derek Pullan also graduated cum laude from the BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School and was appointed to the Fourth District Court in 2003 by former Gov. Olene Walker. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Feb. 2022 Jackson, who is serving a life term for murder, had graduated cum laude — with distinction — in 2021 through Goucher’s program inside prisons, but the commencement was delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Of the 1028 bachelor’s degree students graduating with academic honors, 134 earned summa cum laude distinction with a 3.9 to 4.0 grade point average, while 166 were magna cum laude (3.70 to 3.89) and 177 were cum laude (3.5 to 3.69). Sam Boyer, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2022 Sturdivant, who graduated cum laude with distinction, also got honor cords and a medallion. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 2022 In 1987, Rosengart graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School. Malina Saval, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 The nominees Judge Jennifer Brown graduated cum laude from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School and was appointed to the Fourth District Court in 2014 by former Gov. Gary Herbert. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Feb. 2022 Cheslie was extremely well educated, having graduated cum laude from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. Essence, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Cum laude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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