[soo m-uh, suhm-uh]

noun, plural sum·mae [soo m-ahy, suhm-ee] /ˈsʊm aɪ, ˈsʌm i/, sum·mas.

a comprehensive work or series of works covering, synthesizing, or summarizing a particular field or subject.
a work or series of works that is a summary of all human knowledge.

Origin of summa

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin; Latin: sum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of summa

  • The Citi Bike system is thus a summa of all conservative fears.

  • But the compelling weight of her experience is revealed in her résumé: summa cum laude from Princeton, editor of Yale Law Review.

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    A Persistent Pioneer

    Patricia J. Williams

    May 26, 2009

  • He took care to use the word “lynch” in his summa on behalf of Mr. Burris.

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    Carnival of the Shameless

    Christopher Buckley

    January 4, 2009

Historical Examples of summa

British Dictionary definitions for summa


noun plural -mae (-miː)

medieval Christianity theol a compendium of theology, philosophy, or canon law, or sometimes of all three together. The Summa Theologica of St Thomas Aquinas, written between 1265 and 1274, was the most famous of all such compendia
rare a comprehensive work or survey

Word Origin for summa

C15: from Latin: sum 1
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