- Magna cum laude means with great distinction or with high honors.
An example of magna cum laude is when a person is near the top of his class and graduates with high honors.
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adverb & adj.
Origin: Latin magnā cum laude, with great praise : magnā, feminine ablative sing. of magnus, great + cum, with + laude, ablative sing. of laus, praise.