summa cum laude

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adverb or adjective sum·ma cum lau·de \ˌsu̇-mə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də, ˌsü-, -ˈlau̇-dē; ˌsə-mə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē\

Definition of summa cum laude

  1. :  with highest distinction <graduated summa cum laude> — compare cum laude, magna cum laude

Origin and Etymology of summa cum laude

Latin, with highest praise


First Known Use: 1882


SUMMA CUM LAUDE Defined for English Language Learners

summa cum laude

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adverb or adjective sum·ma cum lau·de \ˌsu̇-mə-(ˌ)ku̇m-ˈlau̇-də, ˌsü-, -ˈlau̇-dē; ˌsə-mə-ˌkəm-ˈlȯ-dē\

Definition of summa cum laude for English Language Learners

  • : with highest honor


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