Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa

[fahy bey-tuh kap-uh, bee-tuh]
noun
1.
a national honor society, founded in 1776, whose members are chosen, for lifetime membership, usually from among college undergraduates of high academic distinction.
2.
a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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Phi Beta Kappa (ˈfaɪ ˈbeɪtə ˈkæpə, ˈbiːtə)
 
n
1.  a national honorary society, founded in 1776, membership of which is based on high academic ability
2.  a member of this society
 
[from the initials of the Greek motto philosophia biou kubernētēs philosophy the guide of life]

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Phi Beta Kappa
undergraduate honorary society, 1776, from initials of Gk. philosophia biou kybernetes "philosophy, guide of life."
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