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magna cum laude

[mahg-nuh koo m lou-dey, -duh, -dee; mag-nuh kuhm law-dee]
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  1. with great praise: used in diplomas to grant the next-to-highest of three special honors for grades above the average.
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Origin of magna cum laude

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

magna cum laude

  1. mainly US with great praise: the second of three designations for above-average achievement in examinationsCompare cum laude, summa cum laude
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Word Origin and History for magna cum laude

1900, Latin, literally "with great praise;" from magna (see magnate) + cum laude.

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