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summa cum laude

[soo m-uh koo m lou-dey, -duh, -dee; suhm-uh kuhm law-dee] /ˈsʊm ə kʊm ˈlaʊ deɪ, -də, -di; ˈsʌm ə kʌm ˈlɔ di/
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 Unabridged
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summa cum laude

/ˈsʊmɑː kʊm ˈlaʊdeɪ/
adverb, adjective
(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 degree Compare cum laude, magna cum laude
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from Latin
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1900, Latin, literally "with highest praise."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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