magna cum laude

adverb or adjective
mag·​na cum lau·​de | \ ˈmäg-nə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də How to pronounce magna cum laude (audio) , -ˈlau̇-dē; ˈmag-nə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē How to pronounce magna cum laude (audio) \

Definition of magna cum laude

: with great distinction (see distinction sense 4b) graduated magna cum laude — compare cum laude, summa cum laude

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Honor graduates receiving bachelor degrees included 43 summa cum laude, 85 magna cum laude, and 98 cum laude. Houston Chronicle, "Area students earn honors, graduate from colleges," 8 July 2019 Olmsted Falls High School’s Class of 2019 includes 52 summa cum laude students, 46 magna cum laude students and 43 cum laude students. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Olmsted Falls High School principal reflects on ‘gifted’ Class of 2019," 10 June 2019 He was graduated from Syracuse University magna cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a major in mathematics. courant.com, "Dale W. Van Winkle," 7 June 2019 The bride, 28, and groom, 29, met at the University of Pennsylvania, from which each graduated magna cum laude. New York Times, "Alexandra McDonough, Max Bandier," 17 June 2018 In 1948 George graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts College (now University), majoring in biology and chemistry, minoring in physics. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 Nearly half of students who graduated from Lehigh University, Princeton University and the University of Southern California this year did so with cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude honors, or their equivalents. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "You Graduated Cum Laude? So Did Everyone Else," 2 July 2018 In 1948 George graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts College (now University), majoring in biology and chemistry, minoring in physics. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 In 1948 George graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts College (now University), majoring in biology and chemistry, minoring in physics. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of magna cum laude

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for magna cum laude

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magna cum laude

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Financial Definition of magna cum laude

What It Is

Magna cum laude is Latin for with great honor.

How It Works

Let's say John Doe is about to graduate college. He has a very high grade point average and has earned several awards from the finance department in which he is studying. Because he is graduating in the top 5% of his class, John Doe's university bestows the magna cum laude honor on him at graduation.

It is important to note that every college sets its own standards regarding who receives the designation.

Why It Matters

Graduating magna cum laude is often a prestigious reward for hard work in undergraduate or graduate work. The designation is less prestigious than summa cum laude (with highest honor), but is more prestigious than cum laude (with honor).

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magna cum laude

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of magna cum laude

formal : with great honor

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