Pronunciation: (di-plō'mu), [key]
—n., pl. -mas, Lat. -ma•taPronunciation: (-mu-tu), [key]
—v., -maed, -ma•ing.
1. a document given by an educational institution conferring a degree on a person or certifying that the person has satisfactorily completed a course of study.
2. a document conferring some honor, privilege, or power.
3. a public or official document, esp. one of historical interest: a diploma from Carolingian times.
to grant or award a diploma to.
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