(at Cambridge University) A student who graduates with second class ("senior optime") or third class ("junior optime") honours in Mathematics, or (loosely) in any other subject.
Origin of optime
From Latinoptimē ‘very well’, in the phrase optime disputasti ‘you have disputed very well’ (formerly used in reporting results at Cambridge).
Optime Sentence Examples
He achieved the rare distinction of obtaining an optime for both Greek and for physics.
He was educated at Glasgow University and at Trinity College, Cambridge (senior optime, and classical honours); was returned to parliament for Stirling as a Liberal in 1868 (after an unsuccessful attempt at a by-election); and became financial secretary at the war office (1871-1874; 1880-1882), secretary to the admiralty (1882-1884), and chief secretary for Ireland (1884-1885).
Relations came to his aid, and presently his anxieties were relieved by Francis Martin, bursar of Trinity, who gave him liberal help. Benson took his degree in 1852 as a senior optime, eighth classic and senior chancellor's medallist, and was elected fellow of Trinity in the following year.