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Meaning of LAUREATE

Pronunciation:  'loreeit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone crowned with a laurel wreath
  2. [adj]  worthy of the greatest honor or distinction; "The nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his black bag"- James Traub

LAUREATE is a 8 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: honorable, honourable
 See Also: honoree, Nobel Laureate, Nobelist, Poet Laureate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
          To strew the laureate hearse where Lycid lies.
          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.]
  2. \Lau"re*ate\, n.
    One crowned with laurel; a poet laureate. ``A learned
    laureate.'' --Cleveland.
  3. \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.
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