magna cum laude

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adverb or adjective mag·na cum lau·de \ ˈmäg-nə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də , -ˈlau̇-dē ; ˈmag-nə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of magna cum laude

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

Origin and Etymology of magna cum laude

Latin


Financial Definition of MAGNA CUM LAUDE

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).


MAGNA CUM LAUDE Defined for English Language Learners

magna cum laude

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Definition of magna cum laude for English Language Learners

  • : with great honor


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