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) \

Definition of summa cum laude

: 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 Ahrens graduated summa cum laude, was a two-time CTCA Scholar All-American and earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Former ASU triathlete Charlotte Ahrens finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year," 15 Oct. 2020 Jacobs graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in art history and holds a master of social science in cultural anthropology and history from the University of Colorado. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Missions gets new park superintendent," 7 Oct. 2020 Barrett, born and raised in Louisiana, graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 1997. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "'She will pass the test with flying colors': Indiana senators back fellow Hoosier Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court," 25 Sep. 2020 Harvard or Yale may not grace her resume, but Ms Barrett has earned a spate of academic accolades, from Phi Beta Kappa in college to summa cum laude honours and a top law-review editorship at Notre Dame. The Economist, "Pursuit of justice Donald Trump narrows his Supreme Court search to five women," 22 Sep. 2020 Corrao spent most of her life in Minneapolis, attending the University of Minnesota as a struggling single parent and graduating summa cum laude. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Former Minneapolis City Council member Judy Corrao dies at 78," 5 Sep. 2020 Of the 2,123 bachelor’s degree students graduating with academic honors, 290 earned summa cum laude distinction with a 3.9 to 4.0 grade point average, while 1,069 were magna cum laude (3.7 to 3.89) and 545 were cum laude (3.5 to 3.69). Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Medina County students graduate from Kent State University," 21 Aug. 2020 Ian Ross of Coronado, Bachelor of Arts degree, political science, summa cum laude. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "South/East Happenings, Aug. 20," 20 Aug. 2020 Pearl River native Sarah Michelle Barber has graduated summa cum laude with a Juris Doctorate from the Mississippi College of Law. NOLA.com, "Graduates and scholars highlighted," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of summa cum laude

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for summa cum laude

Latin, with highest praise

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20 Oct 2020

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“Summa cum laude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/summa%20cum%20laude. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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summa cum laude

adverb
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English Language Learners Definition of summa cum laude

formal : with highest honor

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