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.
Recent Examples on the Web The school building was completed in 1954 and in 1956, its first graduating class of 173 seniors received diplomas. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Mercy High School in San Francisco to close in 2020, school announces," 10 Jan. 2020 But the more rigorous exam didn’t appear to hamper students’ chances of receiving their diplomas. BostonGlobe.com, "The new 10th-grade MCAS is tougher — and it shows - The Boston Globe," 24 Sep. 2019 The first graduates from Walt Disney Co.'s program to provide free education for its employees are expected to receive their diplomas in December from the University of Central Florida. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "The first Disney Aspire students are graduating from UCF," 28 Nov. 2018 The face of this year's team, Burrow, gave his verbal commitment to Ohio State when Stingley was in middle school; Burrow earned his graduate degree before Stingley earned his high school diploma. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Standout freshman season has Derek Stingley on track to be LSU's greatest defensive back," 30 Dec. 2019 Youth can also earn their high school diploma or workforce credentials with the center's help. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "This desert city may be the key to reengaging Louisville's no-school, no-work young adults," 11 Dec. 2019 One of the few bright spots in the report: Texas ranked 4th in the nation for high school graduation, with almost 90 percent of it students earning diplomas. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Health report: Texas ranks 34th in the nation," 11 Dec. 2019 The graduation rate for the District’s traditional public high schools dropped 3.5 percentage points in 2019 — the second consecutive decline since the system faced scrutiny over whether students properly earn their diplomas. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C. graduation rate holds steady in 2019, despite drop in traditional school system," 9 Nov. 2019 Jackson went to night school and earned his diploma in two months. Rachael Riley, chicagotribune.com, "Veteran explains life before and after receiving service dog," 5 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of diploma was in 1622

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20 Jan 2020

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“Diploma.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diploma. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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