Definition of diploma noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈploʊ//
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  1. 1(British English) a course of study at a college or university a two-year diploma course She is taking a diploma in management studies.
  2. 2a document showing that you have completed a course of study or part of your education a High School diploma See related entries: Exams and assessment, Types of school
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘state paper’): via Latin from Greek diplōma ‘folded paper’, from diploun ‘to fold’, from diplous ‘double’.Extra examples Most students here are studying for a qualification at diploma level. She was taking a diploma in business management. The college offers the Higher National Diploma in computer studies. The course leads to a diploma in psychiatric nursing. The university awards diplomas in higher education. a diploma in hotel management a fake diploma from a non-existent school diploma of higher education
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