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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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)


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