diplomata

diploma

[dih-ploh-muh]
noun, plural diplomas Latin, diplomata [dih-ploh-muh-tuh] .
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:
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

prediploma, noun
undiplomaed, adjective

certificate, degree, diploma, license.
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diploma (dɪˈpləʊmə)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from Latin: official letter or document, literally: letter folded double, from Greek; see diplo-]

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diploma
1640s, from L. diploma, from Gk. diploma "license, chart," originally "paper folded double," from diploun "to double, fold over," from diplos "double" + -oma. Specific academic sense is 1680s in English.
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