summa cum laude

[ soom-uh koom -lou-dey, -duh, -dee; suhm-uh kuhm -law-dee ]
/ ˈsʊm ə kʊm ˈlaʊ deɪ, -də, -di; ˈsʌm ə kʌm ˈlɔ di /
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with highest praise: used in diplomas to grant the highest of three special honors for grades above the average.
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Origin of summa cum laude

First recorded in 1895–1900, summa cum laude is from Latin summā cum laude

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British Dictionary definitions for summa cum laude

summa cum laude
/ (ˈsʊmɑː kʊm ˈlaʊdeɪ) /

adverb, adjective
mainly US with the utmost praise: the highest of three designations for above-average achievement in examinations. In Britain it is sometimes used to designate a first-class honours degreeCompare cum laude, magna cum laude

Word Origin for summa cum laude

from Latin
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