- 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
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to honor or confer distinction upon
- to appoint to the position of 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.