magna cum laude

adverb or adjective
mag·na cum lau·de | \ˈmäg-nə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də, -ˈlau̇-dē;ˈmag-nə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē \

Definition of magna cum laude 

: with great distinction (see distinction sense 5b) graduated magna cum laude — compare cum laude, summa cum laude

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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 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 Harder graduates from Albion Naperville Central High School graduate Lucas Harder recently graduated magna cum laude with a major in finance from Albion College in Albion, Mich. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 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: 7/8," 8 July 2018 Neil Brandon Wiaranowski graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 29 June 2018 The bride graduated magna cum laude from Yale, and received a medical degree from Johns Hopkins. New York Times, "Sarah Collica, Kurt Lehner," 3 June 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

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English Language Learners Definition of magna cum laude

: with great honor

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