Poet laureate
Laureate Lau"re*ate, a. [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. [1913 Webster]

To strew the laureate hearse where Lycid lies. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Soft on her lap her laureate son reclines. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{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]


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