Diploma definition

dĭ-plōmə
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A certificate issued to a student by a school, college, or university, indicating graduation or the conferring of a degree.
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The definition of a diploma is an official certificate given to a student who has obtained a degree, graduated from a particular course of study or has been granted honors.

An example of a diploma is the certificate given to students at their high school graduation ceremony.

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A document issued by an educational institution, such as a university, testifying that the recipient has earned a degree or has successfully completed a particular course of study.
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A certificate conferring a privilege or honor.
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An official document or charter.
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An official state document or historical document; charter.
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A certificate conferring honors, privileges, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
diploma
Plural:
diplomas, diplomata

Origin of diploma

  • Latin diplōma letter of introduction from Greek document, folded paper from diploos double dwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin diploma, from Ancient Greek δίπλωμα (diplōma, “folded paper, license”), from διπλόω (diploō, “I double, fold over”), from διπλόος (diploos, “double”).

    From Wiktionary