summa cum laude

adverb or adjective

sum·​ma cum lau·​de ˌsu̇-mə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də How to pronounce summa cum laude (audio)
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Other than onscreen work, McKellar graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a BS in mathematics in 1998 and authored several books aimed to teach young readers about the subject. Diane J. Cho, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023 Khatchatourian has a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara, graduating summa cum laude in communication, art history and sociocultural linguistics. Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2022 Logan Baumann earned his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in economics from U of L. Stephanie Kuzydym, The Courier-Journal, 29 Dec. 2022 Brooke Ann Buchanan, bachelor’s degree, Health Science Studies, and Raigin Victoria Green, bachelor’s degree, Elementary Education, summa cum laude. Chicago Tribune, 29 Dec. 2022 For the record, graduating in three years summa cum laude is a very Ben Gross thing to do. Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2022 Carly Totten graduated summa cum laude from Rider University, which is located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Carly Totten, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Dec. 2022 Shieh noted); Math Club (co-president); startup C.O.O.; summa cum laude, National Latin Exam; inventor of a drone that cleans windows. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2022 Carter earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and in medieval history, summa cum laude, at Yale University, and received a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University. Tara Copp, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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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)
: with highest distinction
graduated summa cum laude
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