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

Definition of diploma

1 plural also diplomata\ -​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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His best friend, Larson, finished near the top, receiving his diploma and personal congratulations from President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 This morning, Anenushka will join other Celebration High graduates dressed in purple caps and gowns and receive her Florida diploma. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Puerto Rican student who fled to Central Florida after hurricane gets hard-earned diploma," 24 May 2018 Women without high school diplomas are 400 percent more likely to be assaulted than women with bachelor’s degrees. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Benefits of Privilege: Being Rich and White Is Proof You Must Be Good," 5 Oct. 2018 Without a high school diploma, has reached the lowest level ever recorded. Fox News, "Jordan, Meadows ask Trump to declassify Carter Page docs," 6 Sep. 2018 At Esther’s School, with 113 scholarship students enrolled last year, Lewis was hired as a teacher with a high school diploma as his only credential. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Osceola teacher pleads guilty to child molestation charges," 26 Apr. 2018 Four years later, Lizandro was a sinewy 6-foot-1 center back with a high school diploma and a college scholarship. Ben Teitelbaum, SI.com, "A Dream Re-Routed: Deported Maryland Brothers Seek Options, Play on After Being Banished," 27 Feb. 2018 The evidence of the benefits of a higher education seems indisputable: People with a bachelor’s degree earn 73 percent more than those with a high school diploma on average, up from a 50 percent advantage in the late 1970s. Bloomberg.com, "Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.," 16 Jan. 2018 Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Romulus Amazon facility now hiring 1,500 new full-time employees," 11 July 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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