Definition of cum laude in US English:

cum laude

adjective & adverb

North American
  • With distinction (with reference to college degrees and diplomas).

    • ‘No more than five percent of the class may be summa cum laude, and about ten percent of the class are in each of the other two categories; however, that distribution may vary.’
    • ‘NOTE: only graduates of Commonwealth College are eligible for the awards of Commonwealth College Scholar and magna cum laude or summa cum laude.’
    • ‘She received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Baylor University, and graduated in the top of her class from Baylor Law School in 1977, receiving a juris doctor, cum laude.’
    • ‘Degree candidates graduating cum laude wear a crimson satin hood with their cap and gown during the commencement ceremony.’


Latin, literally ‘with praise’.


cum laude

/ko͝om ˈlôdē//kʊm ˈlɔdi/