4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Laureate \Lau"re*ate\, noun

1. One crowned with laurel; a poet laureate. "A learned laureate." --Cleveland.

2. A person who has been presented with an award for some distinguished achievement; as, a Nobel laureate; the Pris de Rome laureate; the Music Director Laureate; the conductor laureate. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Laureate \Lau"re*ate\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Laureated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Laureating}.] To honor with a wreath of laurel, as formerly was done in bestowing a degree at the English universities.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Laureate \Lau"re*ate\, adjective [L. laureatus, fr. laurea laurel tree, fr. laureus of laurel, fr. laurus laurel: cf. F. laur['e]at. Cf. {Laurel}.] Crowned, or decked, with laurel. --Chaucer.

To strew the laureate hearse where Lycid lies. --Milton.

Soft on her lap her laureate son reclines. --Pope.

{Poet laureate}. (b) One who received an honorable degree in grammar, including poetry and rhetoric, at the English universities; -- so called as being presented with a wreath of laurel. [Obs.] (b) 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. [Eng.] (c) A poet who has been publicly recognized as the most pre-eminent poet of a country or region; as, the poet laureate of the United States. [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: worthy of the greatest honor or distinction; "The nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his black bag"- James Traub


1: someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone crowned with a laurel wreath

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