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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Recent Examples on the Web Mechanical engineering student Tyler Cooper of Chagrin Falls graduated magna cum laude, and Emma Thombs received her exercise science degree summa cum laude. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Elevate your summer reading with classic literature: Valley Views," 22 May 2020 Miranda Meadows of Brook Park has earned a Bachelor of Science degree and graduated magna cum laude in neuroscience from the University of Mount Union. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "‘Crappiest Dog’ contest has poop pickup goal: Around The Town," 22 May 2020 Joan graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina University., "Joan Helen Conlon," 24 Nov. 2019 By 2010, Ferguson had a master’s degree in teaching and had graduated from law school magna cum laude. Washington Post, "Teach for America to Senate president: Ferguson to step into biggest role yet," 2 Jan. 2020 Holland graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas in Dallas with a degree in economics and finance. Anna Canzano, oregonlive, "Anna Canzano: Homeschooling during the coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 After graduating magna cum laude in 1937, Lombardi coached high school football and taught Latin and science. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "3 lessons for today’s teachers and students from coach Vince Lombardi," 16 Dec. 2019 Ferguson graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2010, earning magna cum laude honors and playing third base on the Maryland Law softball team, according to his resume. Pamela Wood,, "4 things to know about Bill Ferguson, the next Maryland Senate president," 25 Oct. 2019 After completing his Harvard degree in 1949 magna cum laude, Mr. Boyd was recruited to the CIA and assigned to the Swiss desk. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Robert Boyd, journalist shared Pulitzer for Eagleton shock therapy revelations, dies at 91," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of magna cum laude

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Magna cum laude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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formal : with great honor

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