Definition of summa cum laude in English:

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summa cum laude

Pronunciation: /ˌsʌmə kʌm ˈlɔːdiː/
/ˌsʊmə kʊm ˈlaʊdeɪ/

adverb& adjective

chiefly North American
With the highest distinction: [as adverb]: he graduated summa cum laude [as adjective]: three scientific degrees, all summa cum laude
More example sentences
  • The process of determining the degrees summa cum laude will be the same as described above.
  • The Yale program will award summa cum laude degrees to the top 5 percent of the graduating class; magna cum laude to the next 10 percent, and cum laude to the next 15 percent.
  • Oldfield, who graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in education, is typical of the graduates accepted by Teach for America.


Latin, literally 'with highest praise'.

Words that rhyme with summa cum laude

magna cum laude

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