Definition of diploma in English:



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

    • ‘Some earn high school diplomas, and others study for degrees in everything from economics to medicine.’
    • ‘He gained nine GCSEs before moving to Bolton Community College where he is studying for a sports diploma.’
    • ‘Steinbach Christian High School will award diplomas to 33 grads.’
    • ‘It also offers an MBA in business studies, postgraduate diplomas in computing and journalism, and professional courses in law and accounting.’
    • ‘Both artists continued their studies resulting in diplomas in Adult Education for the former and Arts Management for the latter.’
    • ‘Students get a diploma in biblical studies when they complete 12 courses in four years.’
    • ‘He later went to the College of Commerce in Rathmines from where he graduated with a higher diploma in business studies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, some states retain students or withhold high school diplomas from students who do not pass the tests.’
    • ‘The College Board estimates that college graduates earn on average 81 percent more than those with high school diplomas.’
    • ‘Some earn high-school diplomas by taking courses broadcast on the radio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But she soon left it after enrolling at Fort Cox College to study for a diploma in animal production.’
    • ‘Students who fail to achieve minimum scores on state tests are prevented from graduating from high school with full academic diplomas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On completion of this course he will be awarded a diploma as a ring side doctor.’
    1. 1.1An official document or charter.
      documents, papers, identity papers, identification papers, bona fides
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Mid 17th century (in the sense state paper): via Latin from Greek diplōma folded paper from diploun to fold from diplous double.