Definition of diploma in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈpləʊmə/


1A certificate awarded by an educational establishment to show that someone has successfully completed a course of study.
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.


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

  • A diploma was originally a general word for a ‘state paper’. It came via Latin from Greek diplōma ‘folded paper’, from diploun ‘to fold’, from diplous ‘double’. Diplomatic (early 18th century) originally meant ‘relating to original or official documents’.

Words that rhyme with diploma

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