Definition of diploma in US English:

diploma

noun

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

    • ‘For more than a century the department of education has collected data on the number of high-school diplomas awarded each year.’
    • ‘A total of 1246 degrees, diplomas and certificates were awarded by the university at the weekend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was awarded a diploma with distinction at the end of the gruelling course.’
    • ‘The qualifications and diplomas awarded by the College were validated by the University of London.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Steinbach Christian High School will award diplomas to 33 grads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, some states retain students or withhold high school diplomas from students who do not pass the tests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The College Board estimates that college graduates earn on average 81 percent more than those with high school diplomas.’
    • ‘Ask to see the certificates / diplomas for the formal education he/she claims.’
    • ‘Students who fail to achieve minimum scores on state tests are prevented from graduating from high school with full academic diplomas.’
    • ‘He gained nine GCSEs before moving to Bolton Community College where he is studying for a sports diploma.’
    • ‘On completion of this course he will be awarded a diploma as a ring side doctor.’
    • ‘It also offers an MBA in business studies, postgraduate diplomas in computing and journalism, and professional courses in law and accounting.’
    • ‘But she soon left it after enrolling at Fort Cox College to study for a diploma in animal production.’
    1. 1.1 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

/dəˈplōmə//dəˈploʊmə/