Phi Beta Kappa
[ fahy bey-tuh kap-uh, bee-tuh ]
/ ˈfaɪ ˈbeɪ tə ˈkæp ə, ˈbi tə /
a national honor society, founded in 1776, whose members are chosen, for lifetime membership, usually from among college undergraduates of high academic distinction.
a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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British Dictionary definitions for phi beta kappa
Phi Beta Kappa
/ (ˈfaɪ ˈbeɪtə ˈkæpə, ˈbiːtə) /
noun (in the US)
a national honorary society, founded in 1776, membership of which is based on high academic ability
a member of this society
Word Origin for Phi Beta Kappa
from the initials of the Greek motto philosophia biou kubernētēs philosophy the guide of life
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