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cum laude

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

Origin of cum laude

1890–95, Americanism; < Latin: with praise
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British Dictionary definitions for cum laude

cum laude

adverb
  1. mainly US with praise: the lowest of three designations for above-average achievement in examinationsCompare magna cum laude, summa cum laude

Word Origin

Latin
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Word Origin and History for cum laude

1872, originally at Harvard, from Medieval Latin, literally "with praise," from Latin cum "with" + laude, ablative of laus (genitive laudis) "praise" (see laud). Probably from earlier use (in Latin) at Heidelberg and other German universities.

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