cum laude

cum laude

[koom lou-dey, -duh, -dee; kuhm law-dee]
adverb
with honor: used in diplomas to grant the lowest of three special honors for grades above the average.


Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; < Latin: with praise

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cum laude (kʌm ˈlɔːdɪ, kʊm ˈlaʊdeɪ)
 
adv
chiefly (US) magna cum laude Compare summa cum laude with praise: the lowest of three designations for above-average achievement in examinations
 
[Latin]

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cum laude
1872, originally at Harvard, from M.L., lit. "with praise," from L. cum "with" + laude, abl. of laus (gen. laudis) "praise." Probably from earlier use (in L.) at German universities such as Heidelberg.
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