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 Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Law School. CBS News, 30 June 2022 McMahon earned a bachelor’s in business and management from the University of Redlands and graduated magna cum laude from California Western School of Law. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2022 Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Law School. CBS News, 30 June 2022 Wilson attended Morehouse, graduated magna cum laude from the Medical College of Georgia, was inducted into the AOA honor society, and had done well in her residency at Augusta University. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 20 June 2022 Blitzer graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which is the university’s business school. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 16 June 2022 Ten students graduated summa cum laude and 28 students magna cum laude, and the Class of 2022 included 22 students who received an honors diploma. John Benson, cleveland, 6 June 2022 Thanks to Ohio’s College Credit Plus program, the soon-to-be 18-year-old, who as a sophomore earned his associate’s degree from Tri-C, recently graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University. John Benson, cleveland, 25 May 2022 Of the 1028 bachelor’s degree students graduating with academic honors, 134 earned summa cum laude distinction with a 3.9 to 4.0 grade point average, while 166 were magna cum laude (3.70 to 3.89) and 177 were cum laude (3.5 to 3.69). Sam Boyer, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of magna cum laude

1851, in the meaning defined above

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