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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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 In December, Stegall received a high school diploma. Jon Mills, Detroit Free Press, "Dorms for high school students: Muskegon school responding to students' needs," 6 Feb. 2018 The applying student must be a United States citizen, a U.S. national, or an eligible non-citizen, who has a high school diploma/GED, who has maintained a minimum grade point average set by the school. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)," 1 Oct. 2018 That percentage falls to 66 percent among those who have a high school diploma or less. Christopher Quinn, ajc, "Costs of starting and not finishing college are high," 23 June 2018 Glendale High School graduates walked off the stage with their diplomas, carrying messages of kindness and compassion into the next chapter of their lives. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Glendale High graduates begin their futures with words of wisdom," 8 June 2018 Applicants must be age 18 or older and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Allied: Lockheed Martin security jobs available in Orlando," 15 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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