summa cum laude

summa cum laude

[soom-uh koom lou-dey, -duh, -dee; suhm-uh kuhm law-dee]
noun
with highest praise: used in diplomas to grant the highest of three special honors for grades above the average.


Origin:
1895–1900; < Latin summā cum laude

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summa cum laude (ˈsʊmɑː kʊm ˈlaʊdeɪ)
 
adv, —adj
chiefly (US) cum laude Compare magna cum laude with the utmost praise: the highest of three designations for above-average achievement in examinations. In Britain it is sometimes used to designate a first-class honours degree
 
[from Latin]

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summa cum laude
1900, from L., lit. "with highest praise."
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