A sprig of laurel.
- The definition of laurel is of the family lauraceaue of shrubs and trees.
An example of something laurel is the cinnamomum laurel tree which is the source for cinnamon bark.
- Laurel is defined as any tree in the genus of evergreen trees and shrubs called Laurus, the leaves of these trees or something that looks like these trees, or is defined as victory, fame and honor.
- An example of a laurel is the Japanese Laurel.
- An example of laurel is the honor of a soldier.
- Laurel means to crown with a wreath made of Laurel leaves, or to honor someone.
An example of laurel is to give a medal to a brave soldier.
- any of a genus (Laurus) of evergreen trees or shrubs of the laurel family, native to S Europe and widely cultivated in the U.S., with large, glossy, aromatic leaves, greenish-yellow flowers, and black berries: see bay leaf
- the foliage of this tree, esp. as woven into wreaths such as those used by the ancient Greeks to crown the victors in various contests or by the ancient Romans to signify military success
- fame; honor
- any of various trees and shrubs resembling the true laurel, as the mountain laurel, cherry laurel, or California laurel
Origin of laurelMiddle English laurer, lorel from Old French lorier from Classical Latin laurus
transitive verb-·reled or -·relled, -·rel·ing or -·rel·ling
- to crown with laurel
- to honor
look to one's laurels
rest on one's laurels
- An evergreen tree (Laurus nobilis) of the Mediterranean region valued for its aromatic ovate leaves, used in cooking. Also called bay 5. Also called bay laurel . Also called sweet bay .
- A shrub or tree, such as the mountain laurel, having a similar aroma or leaf shape.
- often laurels a. A wreath of laurel conferred as a mark of honor in ancient times upon poets, heroes, and victors in athletic contests.b. Honor and glory won for great achievement.
transitive verblau·reled, lau·rel·ing, lau·rels, also lau·relled lau·rel·ling
- To crown with laurel.
- To honor, especially with an award or prize.
Origin of laurelMiddle English from Old French laureole from Latin laureola diminutive of laurea laurel tree ; see laureate .
- An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus, having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils.
- A crown of laurel.
- (figuratively, chiefly in the plural) honor, distinction, fame.
- to win laurels; to crown with laurels.
- An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel
- The name is extended to other plants which in some respect resemble the true laurel.
- (Mormonism) A 16-17 year old participant in the Young Women organization of the LDS Church.