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 for Diploma
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Diploma \Di*plo"ma\, n.; pl. Diplomas. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ?
     to double, fr. diplo`os twofold. See Double.]
     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
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a document certifying the successful completion of a course
           of study [syn: diploma, sheepskin]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  33 Moby Thesaurus words for "diploma":
     affidavit, attestation, authority, authorization, bill of health,
     brevet, certificate, certificate of proficiency, certification,
     charter, concession, credential, deposition, franchise, grant,
     letters patent, liberty, navicert, notarized statement, note,
     patent, royal grant, sheepskin, sworn statement, testamur,
     testimonial, ticket, visa, vise, voucher, warrant, warranty,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DIPLOMA. An instrument of writing, executed by, a corporation or society, 
  certifying that a certain person therein named is entitled to a certain 
  distinction therein mentioned. 
       2. It is usually, granted by learned institutions to their members, or 
  to persons who have studied in them. 
       3. Proof of the seal of a medical institution and of the signatures of 
  its officers thereto affixed, by comparison with the seal and signatures 
  attached to a diploma received by the witness from the same institution, has 
  been held to be competent evidence of the genuineness of the instrument, 
  although the witness never saw the officers write their names. 25 Wend. R. 
       4. This word, which is also written duploma, in the civil law, 
  signifies letters issued by a prince. They are so called, it is supposed, a 
  duplicatis tabellis, to which Ovid is thought to allude, 1 Amor. 12, 2, 27, 
  when he says, Tunc ego vos duplices rebus pro nomine sensi Sueton in 
  Augustum, c. 26. Seals also were called Diplomata. Vicat ad verb. 

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