diploma

[ dih-ploh-muh ]
/ dɪˈploʊ mə /

noun, plural di·plo·mas, Latin di·plo·ma·ta [dih-ploh-muh-tuh]. /dɪˈploʊ mə tə/.

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.
a document conferring some honor, privilege, or power.
a public or official document, especially one of historical interest: a diploma from Carolingian times.

verb (used with object), di·plo·maed, di·plo·ma·ing.

to grant or award a diploma to.

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Origin of diploma

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

OTHER WORDS FROM diploma

pre·di·plo·ma, nounun·di·plo·maed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH diploma

certificate, degree, diploma , license
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British Dictionary definitions for diploma

diploma
/ (dɪˈpləʊmə) /

noun

a document conferring a qualification, recording success in examinations or successful completion of a course of study
an official document that confers an honour or privilege

Word Origin for diploma

C17: from Latin: official letter or document, literally: letter folded double, from Greek; see diplo-
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