American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An honorary society, founded in 1776, of college students and graduates whose members are chosen on the basis of high academic standing.
- n. A member of this society.
- From the initials of the society's motto in Greek philosophiā biou kubernētēs, philosophy the guide of life : philosophiā, philosophy + biou : genitive of bios, life + kubernētēs, guide. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Otherwise, why would he have given me his gold-framed glasses and his Phi Beta Kappa key and his gold tooth to take care of instead of calling the cops?”
“* Gladly I hear of the Carlylet ” so they say ” in the new Westminster. ” ” ” ” - * This was Emerson's famous Oration before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Cambridge, August 31, 1837, on “The American Scholar.””
“- BRONISLAW MALINOWSRI, Phi Beta Kappa Address, Harvard University FOOTFALL PLUS TWELVE WEEKS Roger Brooks drank the last of his coffee.”
“A magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, Mr. Rothman is also a graduate of Columbia Law School, and a two-time James Kent Scholar.”
“Ken Uston was a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Yale.”
“I drowned all your gold, even the Phi Beta Kappa key.”
“The Phi Beta Kappa key and the gold tooth, I flushed down the toilet.”
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