Definition of Phi Beta Kappa in English:

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Phi Beta Kappa

Pronunciation: /ˌfʌɪ ˌbiːtə ˈkapə/


1(In the US) an honorary society of undergraduates and some graduates to which members are elected on the basis of high academic achievement.
Example sentences
  • He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University with a degree in economics after spending his junior year at The London School of Economics and Political Science as a Luard Scholar.
  • She earned her B.S. degree in 1937 at the University of Oklahoma, Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Sigma Gamma Epsilon Scholarship Award for Outstanding Senior in Geology.
  • After a stint at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, he transferred to Columbia and graduated magna cum laude, with election to Phi Beta Kappa.
1.1A member of a Phi Beta Kappa society.
Example sentences
  • She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College.
  • She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan where she won a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in American history and economics.


From the initial letters of a Greek motto philosophia biou kubernētēs 'philosophy is the guide to life'.

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