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 (lôr′ē-ĭt, lŏr′-)
1. Worthy of the greatest honor or distinction: "The nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his black bag" (James Traub).
2. Crowned or decked with laurel as a mark of honor.
3. Archaic Made of laurel sprigs, as a wreath or crown.
1. One honored or awarded a prize for great achievements especially in the arts or sciences: a Nobel laureate.
2. A poet laureate.

[Middle English, from Latin laureātus, adorned with laurel, from laurea, crown of laurel, from feminine of laureus, of laurel, from laurus, laurel.]

lau′re·ate·ship′ n.


adj (usually immediately postpositive)
1. literary crowned with laurel leaves as a sign of honour
2. (Plants) archaic made of laurel
3. (Poetry) short for poet laureate
4. a person honoured with an award for art or science: a Nobel laureate.
5. rare a person honoured with the laurel crown or wreath
[C14: from Latin laureātus, from laurea laurel]
ˈlaureateˌship n
laureation n


(ˈlɔr i ɪt, ˈlɒr-)

1. a person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award: a Nobel laureate.
3. deserving or having special recognition for achievement (often used immediately after the noun that is modified): novelist laureate; conjurer laureate.
4. crowned or decked with laurel as a mark of honor.
[1350–1400; Middle English; < Latin laureātus crowned with laurel, derivative of laureus of laurel, derivative of laurus bay tree]


a person who has been crowned with a laurel as a mark of distinc-tion, as a poet or scholar. — laureate, adj.
See also: Honors and Regalia
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laureate - someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone crowned with a laurel wreath
honoree - a recipient of honors in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments
Nobel Laureate, Nobelist - winner of a Nobel prize
poet laureate - the poet officially appointed to the royal household in Great Britain; "the poet laureate is expected to provide poems for great national occasions"
Adj.1.laureate - worthy of the greatest honor or distinction; "The nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his black bag"- James Traub
honourable, honorable - worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country"


[ˈlɔːrɪɪt] Nlaureado m
the Poet Laureate (Brit) → el Poeta Laureado


[ˈlɔːrɪɪt] n Nobel laureate in Physicsinsignito/a del Nobel per la fisica
see also poet laureate
References in classic literature ?
As the years went on Southey received other honors besides the Laureateship.
In 1813 he declined the offer of the Poet Laureateship, then considered a position of no great dignity for a successful man, but secured the appointment of Southey, who was his friend.
Writers from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Edward Abbey have drawn inspiration from America's natural spaces, and more than 50 national parks offer residency programs for artists, but laureateships are unusual.