Definition of Phi Beta Kappa in English:

Phi Beta Kappa

Syllabification: Phi Be·ta Kap·pa
Pronunciation: /ˈfī ˈbātə ˈkapə
 
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noun

  • 1An honorary society of college and university undergraduates and some graduates to which members are elected on the basis of high academic achievement.
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    • 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 Phi Beta Kappa.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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