Laureate meaning

lôrē-ĭt, lŏr-
One honored or awarded a prize for great achievements especially in the arts or sciences.

A Nobel laureate.

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(archaic) Made of laurel sprigs, as a wreath or crown.
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A poet laureate.
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Worthy of the greatest honor or distinction.
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Crowned or decked with laurel as a mark of honor.
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Woven of sprigs of laurel.
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Crowned with a laurel wreath as a mark of honor or distinction.
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Worthy of honor; distinguished; preeminent, esp. among poets.
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A person on whom honor or distinction is conferred.
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To honor or confer distinction upon.
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To appoint to the position of poet laureate.
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Crowned, or decked, with laurel.
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(dated) One crowned with laurel; a poet laureate.
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(intransitive) To honor with a wreath of laurel, as formerly was done in bestowing a degree at English universities.
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Origin of laureate

  • Middle English from Latin laureātus adorned with laurel from laurea crown of laurel from feminine of laureus of laurel from laurus laurel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin laureatus, from laurea (“laurel tree"), from laureus (“of laurel"), from laurus (“laurel"). Compare French lauréat.

    From Wiktionary