[lawr-ee-it, lor-] /ˈlɔr i ɪt, ˈlɒr-/
a person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award:
a Nobel laureate.
deserving or having special recognition for achievement, as for poetry (often used immediately after the noun that is modified):
poet laureate; conjurer laureate.
having special distinction or recognition in a field:
the laureate men of science.
crowned or decked with laurel as a mark of honor.
consisting of or resembling laurel, as a wreath or crown.
adjective (usually immediately postpositive)
(literary) crowned with laurel leaves as a sign of honour
(archaic) made of laurel
short for poet laureate
a person honoured with an award for art or science: a Nobel laureate
(rare) a person honoured with the laurel crown or wreath
late 14c., from Latin 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 noun before the adjective, in imitation of Latin word order, is from c.1400 in English); the first official one was probably Ben Jonson (1638), though the first recorded one was Dryden (1668). Extended to Nobel prize winners, 1947. As a noun, 1520s, from the adjective. Related: Laureateship.
[law-reen] /lɔˈrin/ noun 1. a female given name, form of .
[lawr-uh l, lor-] /ˈlɔr əl, ˈlɒr-/ noun 1. Also called bay, sweet bay. a small European evergreen tree, Laurus nobilis, of the , having dark, glossy green leaves. Compare . 2. any tree of the genus Laurus. 3. any of various similar trees or shrubs, as the or the great rhododendron. 4. the foliage of […]
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/ˈlɒrəl; ˈhɑːdɪ/ noun 1. a team of US film comedians, Stan Laurel, 1890–1965, born in Britain, the thin one, and his partner, Oliver Hardy, 1892–1957, the fat one Stanley Laurel and Oliver Hardy, two twentieth-century film comedians who almost always played their movie roles under their own names. Wearing derby hats and neckties, Laurel appeared […]
noun 1. a tree, Prunus caroliniana, of the rose family, of the southeastern U.S., having small, milky-white flowers and black, shiny fruit.