di·​plo·​ma | \ də-ˈplō-mə How to pronounce diploma (audio) \
plural diplomas

Definition of diploma

1 plural also diplomata\ də-​ˈplō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce diplomata (audio)\ : an official or state document : charter
2 : a writing usually under seal conferring some honor or privilege
3 : a document bearing record of graduation from or of a degree conferred by an educational institution

Examples of diploma in a Sentence

He earned his high school diploma by attending classes at night.

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Has the availability of a free high-school education diminished the quality of a high-school diploma? WSJ, "Free College Would Create Better Educated Citizens," 31 Jan. 2019 Without a diploma, high school is at the lowest level ever recorded, right? Fox News, "Anthony Scaramucci on Trump's Ohio rally, 2018 midterms," 5 Aug. 2018 Prior to the presentation of diplomas, valedictorian Mirnesa Becarevic gave a speech focused on change. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "SMSA Class of 2018 Celebrates Commencement, Awaits Life's Next Chapter," 15 June 2018 Businesses are hiring more people without high school diplomas, for example, to the point where the unemployment rate for non-high school graduates has sunk more than a full percentage point in the past year to 5.5 percent. Christopher Rugaber, BostonGlobe.com, "More businesses are mellowing out over hiring marijuana smokers," 2 May 2018 The aim of the partnership is to help fill a need for middle-skill jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Apple, IBM and Microsoft partner with Cuyahoga Community College for training," 21 Mar. 2018 Joe went for a more traditional big-brother approach, sharing the specific moment Frankie took the stage to pick up his diploma. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Celebrated Youngest Jonas Brother Frankie Jonas's Graduation," 1 Apr. 2019 And Hunter Pollack, brother of victim Meadow Pollack, was also expected to receive his sister's diploma in her stead. Dianne Gallagher, CNN, "A solemn graduation for Marjory Stoneman Douglas seniors," 3 June 2018 Seven decades later, Lockard, 92 walked across the stage in a cap and gown to receive a diploma at Circleville (Ohio) High School's 2018 commencement. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "World War II veteran gets high school diploma 74 years after dropping out to serve: report," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of diploma

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diploma

Latin, passport, diploma, from Greek diplōma folded paper, passport, from diploun to double, from diploos

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English Language Learners Definition of diploma

: a document which shows that a person has finished a course of study or has graduated from a school


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Kids Definition of diploma

: a certificate that shows a person has finished a course of study or graduated from a school

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