laureate[lôr′ē it; for v., -āt′]
- woven of sprigs of laurel: said of a crown or wreath
- crowned with a laurel wreath as a mark of honor or distinction
- worthy of honor; distinguished; preeminent, esp. among poets
Origin of laureateMiddle English ; from Classical Latin laureatus ; from laurea (corona), laurel (wreath), feminine of laureus, of laurel ; from laurus, laurel
- a person on whom honor or distinction is conferred
- poet laureate
- Worthy of the greatest honor or distinction: “The nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his black bag” (James Traub).
- Crowned or decked with laurel as a mark of honor.
- Archaic Made of laurel sprigs, as a wreath or crown.
- One honored or awarded a prize for great achievements especially in the arts or sciences: a Nobel laureate.
- A poet laureate.
Origin of laureateMiddle English, from Latin laureātus, adorned with laurel, from laurea, crown of laurel, from feminine of laureus, of laurel, from laurus, laurel.
- Crowned, or decked, with laurel.
(third-person singular simple present laureates, present participle laureating, simple past and past participle laureated)
- (intransitive) To honor with a wreath of laurel, as formerly was done in bestowing a degree at English universities.
From Latin laureatus, from laurea (“laurel tree”), from laureus (“of laurel”), from laurus (“laurel”). Compare French lauréat.