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Topic: COLLEGE

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: 'passport, diploma', from Greek, 'folded paper'

diploma

noun
     
di‧plo‧ma [countable]
1 British EnglishSE a document showing that someone has successfully completed a course of study or passed an examination:
I'm hoping to get my teaching diploma this year.
diploma in
a diploma in catering
2 American EnglishSESSEC a document showing that a student has successfully completed their high school or university education
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