Phi Beta Kappa

[fahy bey-tuh kap-uh, bee-tuh]
  1. a national honor society, founded in 1776, whose members are chosen, for lifetime membership, usually from among college undergraduates of high academic distinction.
  2. a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for phi beta kappa

Phi Beta Kappa

noun (in the US)
  1. a national honorary society, founded in 1776, membership of which is based on high academic ability
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for phi beta kappa

Phi Beta Kappa

undergraduate honorary society, 1776, from initials of Greek philosophia biou kybernetes "philosophy, guide of life."

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