magna cum laude

adverb or adjective

mag·​na cum lau·​de ˈmäg-nə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də How to pronounce magna cum laude (audio)
ˈmag-nə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē How to pronounce magna cum laude (audio)
: with great distinction (see distinction sense 4b)
graduated magna cum laude
compare cum laude, summa cum laude

Examples of magna cum laude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Friday morning, Davis conferred Stanfield's Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences, magna cum laude, during a private ceremony attended by the late student's family, football teammates and coaches. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 After Billionaire Carl Icahn Reveals Nearly 10% Stake Web is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard. Forbes Partner Releases, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Munger excelled at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Casey attended Hofstra University and graduated magna cum laude with a journalism degree and minors in public relations and creative writing. Casey Clark, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Oct. 2023 Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla: Danielle Hopkins, bachelor’s degree, petroleum engineering, magna cum laude. Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2023 Rashad was a theater acting major at Howard, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in fine arts in 1970. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2023 Barber earned an associate's degree in science and graduated magna cum laude in May 2020. Emily J. Shiffer, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2023 After graduating magna cum laude from Yeshiva University in 2013 with a degree in political science, Neuman went on to earn his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 11 July 2023

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Word History



First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of magna cum laude was in 1851

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“Magna cum laude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

magna cum laude

mag·​na cum lau·​de ˌmäg-nə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇d-ə How to pronounce magna cum laude (audio) -ˈlau̇d-ē How to pronounce magna cum laude (audio)
: with great distinction : with great honors
graduated magna cum laude


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