Phi Beta Kappa

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Phi Beta Kappa fi bet-a kap-a, the oldest of the American college Greek letter societies.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the initial letters of its motto—Philosophia biou kubernētēs, 'Philosophy is the guide of life.'

Usage

In literature:

Chinmoy, who often asked disciples to start "divine enterprises," asked this well-spoken, Phi Beta Kappa graduate to start a laundromat.
"Take Me for a Ride" by Mark E. Laxer
It was his V.C., his Legion of Honor ribbon, his Phi Beta Kappa key.
"Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis
One of Mr. Emerson's biographers has claimed that his Phi Beta Kappa Oration was our Declaration of Literary Independence.
"Over the Teacups" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Marty would miss Phi Beta Kappa, but only by the merest fraction; J.W.
"John Wesley, Jr." by Dan B. Brummitt
In 1837 he was asked to deliver the Phi Beta Kappa oration at Cambridge.
"Emerson and Other Essays" by John Jay Chapman
If it were possible, some of them would wear their sun-burned noses on their watch-chains, like Phi Beta Kappa keys.
"Love Conquers All" by Robert C. Benchley
He, too, wore a Phi Beta Kappa key, and so did Pudge.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
You remember, when I made Phi Beta Kappa, how he took both my hands and wept over me.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VII. (of X.)" by Various
Suppose that a Phi-Beta-Kappa man of Cornell meets a Phi-Beta-Kappa man of Yale.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
He took scholarly as well as social honors, and came forth a Phi Beta Kappa man.
"American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edward Stratemeyer
A few went to the Phi Beta Kappa lecture in the chapel.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
During his last three years, Professor Hale was President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
No chance to make the team or a Phi Beta Kappa.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
Dr. SPRAGUE, of Albany, delivered the oration before the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine" by Various
He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
"Fifty Years In The Northwest" by William Henry Carman Folsom
Managing Board, Phi Beta Kappa; that sort of chap.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield
His oration before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Harvard, in 1853, is an admirable specimen of his treatment of similar themes.
"Recollections and Impressions" by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
In 1817 he delivered the Phi Beta Kappa address at Harvard.
"Early American Plays" by Oscar Wegelin
After breakfast we proceeded once more to the church, in which were to be performed the rites of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
Probably his name stood high in the rank list, for he was at once elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
"A Century of Science and Other Essays" by John Fiske
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In news:

New members received certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization's symbol.
The following students have been elected to St Lawrence University's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa , the national academic honor society.
Lahainaluna graduate invited into UCLA's Phi Beta Kappa Chapter.
Islander Sara Scott, who has recently completed a Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been initiated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.
BELOIT, WIS—Jenny Bauer of Elburn has been selected as a Phi Beta Kappa electee at Beloit College.
Phi Beta Kappa to host film on gender and law at MICEC.
Phi Beta Kappa Rejects GMU.
The XI Gamma Kappa chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met at the home of Jude Preston with Karen Gehl co-hosting.
The Central Carolinas Association of the Phi Beta Kappa Society honored Lynn Thompson, the director of the Southern Pines Public Library, at a gathering of members at the home of Dr and Mrs Russell McAllister, in Pinehurst, on Aug 3.
Tom Pilcher, of Rockford, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at Lawrence University.
The Morris, IL Xi Nu Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met in the home of Marla Mengarelli (Seneca) on Oct 9, for their regular monthly meeting.
She was a member of Cadiz United Methodist Church Shawl Ministry, Cadiz Lions Club and Phi Kappa Beta.
In 1776, the first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS.
Peg Streep , author or coauthor of ten books, received her BA in English with Highest Honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Magna Cum Laude inductee and a Phi Beta Kappa member.
The Theta Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and the Beta Lambda Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc are collecting books and accepting donations through Dec 9 to.
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