Definition of diploma in English:

diploma

Line breaks: dip|loma
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpləʊmə
 
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noun

  • 1A certificate awarded by an educational establishment to show that someone has successfully completed a course of study.
    More example sentences
    • For more than a century the department of education has collected data on the number of high-school diplomas awarded each year.
    • His numerous academic awards included diplomas in social studies and sociology.
    • Both artists continued their studies resulting in diplomas in Adult Education for the former and Arts Management for the latter.
  • 2 historical An official document or charter.

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'state paper'): via Latin from Greek diplōma 'folded paper', from diploun 'to fold', from diplous 'double'.

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