summa

noun sum·ma \ ˈsu̇-mə , ˈsü- , ˈsə- \

Definition of summa

plural summae play \ˈsu̇-ˌmī, ˈsü-, -ˌmā; ˈsə-ˌmē, -ˌmī\
1 :a comprehensive treatise; especially :one by a scholastic philosopher
2 :a synthesis or summary of any subject

Examples of summa in a Sentence

  1. the director's book is basically a summa of his views on the nature of the theatrical experience

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Origin and Etymology of summa

Medieval Latin, from Latin, sum



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