summa cum laude

[soo m-uh koo m lou-dey, -duh, -dee; suhm-uh kuhm law-dee]
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Origin of summa cum laude

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

summa cum laude

adverb, adjective
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for summa cum laude

1900, Latin, literally "with highest praise."

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