from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. With the greatest honor. Used to express the highest academic distinction: graduated summa cum laude; a summa cum laude graduate.
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- adv. With the highest of three degrees of praise, as noted on a diploma.
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- adv. with highest honor
- adj. with highest honor; with the highest academic distinction
Latin summā cum laude, with highest praise : summā, feminine ablative of summus, highest + cum, with + laude, ablative of laus, praise.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin. (Wiktionary)