Definition of cum laude in English:

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cum laude

Pronunciation: /ko͝om ˈlôdē/

adverb& adjective

chiefly North American
With distinction (with reference to college degrees and diplomas).
Example sentences
  • Degree candidates graduating cum laude wear a crimson satin hood with their cap and gown during the commencement ceremony.
  • No more than five percent of the class may be summa cum laude, and about ten percent of the class are in each of the other two categories; however, that distribution may vary.
  • She received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Baylor University, and graduated in the top of her class from Baylor Law School in 1977, receiving a juris doctor, cum laude.


Latin, literally 'with praise'.

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Syllabification: cum lau·de

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