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

Examples of magna cum laude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rashad, a theater major, graduated magna cum laude from Howard with a bachelor’s in fine arts in 1970. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 12 May 2021 Evans, from southwest suburban Shorewood, graduated from Joliet West High School magna cum laude and is on a full athletic scholarship. Charles J. Johnson,, 15 Apr. 2021 Konchalski graduated magna cum laude from Fordham, considered pursuing a Ph.D. in classical studies and taught math in elementary schools. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Hare, a professional composer who graduated magna cum laude from the Berklee College of Music, joined ALIBI as a director in early 2017. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 29 Jan. 2021 Evans graduated magna cum laude from Clarkson University in New York with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and later became a member of Clarkson’s Coulter School of Engineering Advisory Board. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 4 Jan. 2021 Kylie Freitas of Escondido, magna cum laude, B.S. in marketing. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2020 Barrett graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in English. CBS News, 5 Oct. 2020 Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.: Emily Carol Schroen, San Diego, bachelor of arts, psychology and international relations, magna cum laude. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2020

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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 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of magna cum laude

formal : with great honor


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