di·plo·ma | \də-ˈplō-mə \
plural diplomas

Definition of diploma 

1 plural also diplomata\-mə-tə \ : 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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When the last diploma was handed out, the group assembled at the front of the room, beaming, their work cut out for them. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Meet the Healers, young black men turning their trauma into something that helps others | Mike Newall," 13 July 2018 Now that there are 2,500 and arthritis is setting in, Lahey’s staff orders the diplomas months in advance. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University," 2 July 2018 Students here operate somewhat like a small school within a school, studying an international college preparatory curriculum to earn the prestigious IB diploma. A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Winter Springs/Tuscawilla Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Daniel Carducci’s name was called as the diplomas were being handed out, which brought cheers and applause from the stands. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Perryville High student's 'spirit will live with us,' Class of 2018 president says," 11 June 2018 The inventive workaround, which came about thanks to the school district and USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, saw Pettway’s robotic surrogate roll down the stage in a cap and gown and receive the diploma on her behalf. Eli Meixler, Time, "A Hospitalized Alabama High School Student Attended Her Graduation With the Help of a Robot," 18 May 2018 The framed diploma and ordination certificate were both leaning against a wall behind the door. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Hate crime? Activist gay minister's seminary diploma stolen from his church," 7 May 2018 The diplomas themselves were created by Léo Lee, program coordinator for papermaking and book arts at the school. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Downtown art institution Southwest School of Art graduates its first BFA class," 30 Apr. 2018 Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or an equivalent as well as a general knowledge of computers and PC programs. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "AAA Club Alliance Is Hiring Work-From-Home Positions With Full Benefits," 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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