summa cum laude

adverb or adjective

sum·​ma cum lau·​de ˌsu̇-mə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də How to pronounce summa cum laude (audio)
ˌsü-,
-ˈlau̇-dē;
ˌsə-mə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē How to pronounce summa cum laude (audio)
: with highest distinction
graduated summa cum laude
compare cum laude, magna cum laude

Examples of summa cum laude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zuma first graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College in Georgia, and later earned a master’s degree at Oxford University in England, per Winfrey’s post. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 19 June 2024 Carter graduated summa cum laude in May 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 20 May 2024 With thoughts of become a labor organizer, Ellsberg won a scholarship to Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude. Hillel Italie, Fortune, 16 June 2023 On the education front, Christine graduated summa cum laude from Seton Hall University with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2016. Kaitlin Stevens, Peoplemag, 7 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for summa cum laude 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, with highest praise

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of summa cum laude was in 1851

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“Summa cum laude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/summa%20cum%20laude. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

summa cum laude

adverb or adjective
sum·​ma cum lau·​de ˌsu̇m-ə-ˌku̇m-ˈlau̇d-ə How to pronounce summa cum laude (audio) -ˈlau̇d-ē How to pronounce summa cum laude (audio)
ˌsəm-ə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯd-ē
: with highest distinction
graduated summa cum laude
Etymology

Latin

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