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diploma

[dih-ploh-muh] /dɪˈploʊ mə/
noun, plural diplomas Latin, diplomata
[dih-ploh-muh-tuh] /dɪˈploʊ mə tə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a document given by an educational institution conferring a degree on a person or certifying that the person has satisfactorily completed a course of study.
2.
a document conferring some honor, privilege, or power.
3.
a public or official document, especially one of historical interest:
a diploma from Carolingian times.
verb (used with object), diplomaed, diplomaing.
4.
to grant or award a diploma to.
Origin of diploma
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin diplōma a letter of recommendation, an official document < Greek díplōma a letter folded double, equivalent to diplō-, variant stem of diploûn to double (derivative of diplóos; see diplo-) + -ma suffix of result
Related forms
prediploma, noun
undiplomaed, adjective
Can be confused
certificate, degree, diploma, license.
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  • Her diploma came just before she passed to her eternal home, and her memory will ever be revered in our circle.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, March 1883 The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
  • He's right out of medical school and is just as fresh as his diploma.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The latter replies that he does not want treasures or honours, but a diploma drawn up in legal form.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
  • His future job depended on his diploma—and his girl depended on his job.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • I did not know it then, but that word p. 120from him would have been as good as a diploma for me in Paris.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
British Dictionary definitions for diploma

diploma

/dɪˈpləʊmə/
noun
1.
a document conferring a qualification, recording success in examinations or successful completion of a course of study
2.
an official document that confers an honour or privilege
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: official letter or document, literally: letter folded double, from Greek; see diplo-
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Word Origin and History for diploma
n.

1640s, "state paper, official document," from Latin diploma, from Greek diploma "license, chart," originally "paper folded double," from diploun "to double, fold over," from diploos "double" (see diploid) + -oma. Specific academic sense is 1680s in English.

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