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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Sixth in family and community, determined from a count of single-parent families, children living in poverty, teen births and families with the head of household lacking a high school diploma. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Minnesota ranks 4th best for children — but big racial gaps persist," 17 June 2019 Those with a high school diploma spend $276 per year on alcohol. NBC News, "Pour decisions? The better educated you are, the more you drink," 14 June 2019 In Wyoming, 99% of the population has at least a high school diploma. cincinnati.com, "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 Chaunte’Laya Blackburn walked out of Gary’s West Side Leadership Academy on Wednesday with a high school diploma and a silver Dodge Caliber. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Gary West Side seniors celebrate graduation: 'Two words: I'm done'," 6 June 2019 Some locals who might want the work don’t meet minimum requirements such as a high school diploma. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network," 16 May 2019 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

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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


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

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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