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summa cum laude

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

Origin of summa cum laude

First recorded in 1895–1900, summa cum laude is from the Latin word summā cum laude
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British Dictionary definitions for summa cum laude

summa cum laude

adverb, adjective
  1. mainly US 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 degreeCompare cum laude, magna cum laude

Word Origin

from Latin
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Word Origin and History for summa cum laude

1900, Latin, literally "with highest praise."

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