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

  • n. 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.
  • n. A certificate conferring a privilege or honor.
  • n. An official document or charter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A document issued by an educational institution testifying that the recipient has earned a degree or has successfully completed a particular course of study.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A letter or writing, usually under seal, conferring some privilege, honor, or power; a document bearing record of a degree conferred by a literary society or educational institution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a letter or other composition written on paper or parchment and folded.
  • n. Hence Any letter, literary muniment, or public document. See diplomatics.
  • n. In modern use, a letter or writing, usually under seal and signed by competent authority, conferring some honor, privilege, or power, as that given by a college in evidence of a degree, or authorizing a physician to practise his profession, and the like.
  • To furnish with a diploma; certify by a diploma.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study

Etymologies

Latin diplōma, letter of introduction, from Greek, document, folded paper, from diplous, double; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin diploma, from Ancient Greek δίπλωμα (diplōma, "folded paper, license"), from διπλόω (diploō, "I double, fold over"), from διπλόος (diploos, "double"). (Wiktionary)

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