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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  • Laureate — Lau re*ate, n. 1. One crowned with laurel; a poet laureate. A learned laureate. Cleveland. [1913 Webster] 2. A person who has been presented with an award for some distinguished achievement; as, a Nobel laureate; the Pris de Rome laureate; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laureate — [lôr′ē it; ] for v. [, lôr′ēāt΄] adj. [ME < L laureatus < laurea (corona), laurel (wreath), fem. of laureus, of laurel < laurus, laurel] 1. woven of sprigs of laurel: said of a crown or wreath 2. crowned with a laurel wreath as a mark of …   English World dictionary

  • laureate — ► NOUN 1) a person given an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement. 2) a poet laureate. ► ADJECTIVE literary ▪ wreathed with laurel as a mark of honour. DERIVATIVES laureateship noun. ORIGIN from Latin laurea laurel wre …   English terms dictionary

  • Laureate — Lau re*ate, v. i. [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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laureate — (adj.) late 14c., from L. laureatus crowned with laurels, from laurea laurel crown (emblematic of victory or distinction in poetry), from fem. of laureus of laurel, from laurus laurel. Laureat poete first found in Canterbury Tales (form with the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Laureate — In English, the word laureate has come to signify eminence or association with literary or military glory. HistoryThe laurel, in ancient Greece, was sacred to Apollo, and as such was used to form a crown or wreath of honor for poets and heroes;… …   Wikipedia

  • laureate — laureateship, n. /lawr ee it, lor /, n. 1. a person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award: a Nobel laureate. 2. See poet laureate. adj. 3. deserving or having special recognition for… …   Universalium

  • laureate — UK [ˈlɔːrɪət] / US [ˈlɔrɪət] noun [countable] Word forms laureate : singular laureate plural laureates someone who has won a prize for their achievements, especially a nobel prize a Nobel laureate in chemistry See: Poet Laureate …   English dictionary

  • laureate — lau•re•ate [[t]ˈlɔr i ɪt, ˈlɒr [/t]] n. 1) a person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award: a Nobel laureate[/ex] 2) poet laureate 3) deserving or having special recognition for achievement …   From formal English to slang

  • laureate — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, crowned with laurel as a distinction, from Latin laureatus, from laurea laurel wreath, from feminine of laureus of laurel, from laurus Date: circa 1529 the recipient of honor or recognition for achievement in an …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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