Definition of diploma in English:

diploma

noun

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

    • ‘On completion of this course he will be awarded a diploma as a ring side doctor.’
    • ‘He gained nine GCSEs before moving to Bolton Community College where he is studying for a sports diploma.’
    • ‘He later went to the College of Commerce in Rathmines from where he graduated with a higher diploma in business studies.’
    • ‘Some earn high-school diplomas by taking courses broadcast on the radio.’
    • ‘Some earn high school diplomas, and others study for degrees in everything from economics to medicine.’
    • ‘The College Board estimates that college graduates earn on average 81 percent more than those with high school diplomas.’
    • ‘Students get a diploma in biblical studies when they complete 12 courses in four years.’
    • ‘For example, some states retain students or withhold high school diplomas from students who do not pass the tests.’
    • ‘But she soon left it after enrolling at Fort Cox College to study for a diploma in animal production.’
    • ‘Both artists continued their studies resulting in diplomas in Adult Education for the former and Arts Management for the latter.’
    • ‘A total of 1246 degrees, diplomas and certificates were awarded by the university at the weekend.’
    • ‘He was awarded a diploma with distinction at the end of the gruelling course.’
    • ‘Students who fail to achieve minimum scores on state tests are prevented from graduating from high school with full academic diplomas.’
    • ‘His numerous academic awards included diplomas in social studies and sociology.’
    • ‘Steinbach Christian High School will award diplomas to 33 grads.’
    • ‘We start with details of art history summer schools and study trips in Cambridge and London and also Postgraduate diplomas and MA courses at the renowned college at West Dean in Sussex.’
    • ‘For more than a century the department of education has collected data on the number of high-school diplomas awarded each year.’
    • ‘Ask to see the certificates / diplomas for the formal education he/she claims.’
    • ‘The qualifications and diplomas awarded by the College were validated by the University of London.’
    • ‘It also offers an MBA in business studies, postgraduate diplomas in computing and journalism, and professional courses in law and accounting.’
  • 2historical An official document or charter.

    documents, papers, identity papers, identification papers, bona fides
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

diploma

/dɪˈpləʊmə/