poet laureatepoet laureate
pl. poets laureate or poet laureates
- the court poet of England, appointed for life by the monarch, traditionally to write poems celebrating official occasions, national events, etc.
- the official or most respected poet of any specific nation, region, etc.
nounpl. poets laureate or poet laureates
- A poet appointed for life by a British monarch as a member of the royal household and expected to write poems celebrating occasions of national importance and honoring the royal family.
- A poet appointed to a similar honorary position or honored for artistic excellence.
- A poet acclaimed as the most excellent or most representative of a locality or group.
(plural poets laureate)
- A poet officially appointed by a government, often expected to compose poems for state occasions and other government events
- (UK) Formerly, an officer of the king's household, whose business was to compose an ode annually for the king's birthday, and other suitable occasions; now, a poet officially distinguished by such honorary title, the office being a sinecure. It is said this title was first given in the time of Edward IV