Origin of kudosClassical Greek kydos, glory, fame from Indo-European an unverified form kud- from base an unverified form keu-, to pay attention to, hear
Kudos given to a team member.
An example of kudos is what team members might say to the player who scores the winning goal.
Origin of kudosGreek kūdos magical glory
Usage Note: Kudos is one of those words like congeries that look like plurals but are etymologically singular. Acknowledging the Greek history of the term requires Kudos is (not are) due her for her brilliant work on the score. But kudos has often been treated as a plural, especially in the popular press, as in She received many kudos for her work. This plural use has given rise to the singular form kudo. These innovations follow the pattern whereby the English words pea and cherry were shortened from nouns ending in an (s) sound (English pease and French cerise ), that were mistakenly thought to be plural. The singular kudo remains far less common than the plural use; both are often viewed as incorrect in more formal contexts. • It is worth noting that even people who are careful to treat kudos only as a singular often pronounce it as if it were a plural. Etymology would require that the final consonant be pronounced as a voiceless (s), as we do in pathos, another word derived from Greek, rather than as a voiced (z).
- The noun kudos was originally a mass noun, but is now sometimes taken as a plural noun, either as a plural tantum, or as the plural of a new noun kudo. However, this plural treatment is frequently proscribed.
From Ancient Greek κῦδος (kudos, “praise, renown”).
- He received kudos of approval from the intelligentsia.
- I believe she deserves kudos for just putting up with some of the drama that comes with her job.
- More kudos must go to Jack Emery who played Ralph.
- She earned further kudos on a school trip to Detroit.
- Think of the playground kudos a viewing of that would have given me.