One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbNorth American
With great distinction (with reference to university degrees and diplomas)‘he graduated magna cum laude in mathematics from Berkeley’
- ‘Forty percent of the class graduated with Latin Honors; 12 percent Summa Cum Laude; 12 percent Magna Cum Laude; and 16 percent Cum Laude.’
- ‘Fisher was the salutatorian and graduated Magna Cum Laude.’
Latin, literally ‘with great praise’.
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