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lau·rel

 (lôr′əl, lŏr′-)
n.
1. An evergreen tree (Laurus nobilis) of the Mediterranean region valued for its aromatic ovate leaves, used in cooking. Also called bay5, bay laurel, sweet bay.
2. A shrub or tree, such as the mountain laurel, having a similar aroma or leaf shape.
3. often laurels
a. A wreath of laurel conferred as a mark of honor in ancient times upon poets, heroes, and victors in athletic contests.
b. Honor and glory won for great achievement.
tr.v. lau·reled, lau·rel·ing, lau·rels also lau·relled or lau·rel·ling
1. To crown with laurel.
2. To honor, especially with an award or prize.
Idiom:
rest on (one's) laurels
To rely on one's past achievements instead of working to maintain or advance one's status or reputation.

[Middle English, from Old French laureole, from Latin laureola, diminutive of laurea, laurel tree; see laureate.]

laurel

(ˈlɒrəl)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: bay or true laurel any lauraceous tree of the genus Laurus, such as the bay tree (see bay4) and L. canariensis, of the Canary Islands and Azores
2. (Plants) any lauraceous plant
3. (Plants) short for cherry laurel, mountain laurel
4. (Plants) spurge laurel a European thymelaeaceous evergreen shrub, Daphne laureola, with glossy leaves and small green flowers
5. (Plants) spotted laurel Japan laurel an evergreen cornaceous shrub, Aucuba japonica, of S and SE Asia, the female of which has yellow-spotted leaves
6. (plural) a wreath of true laurel, worn on the head as an emblem of victory or honour in classical times
7. (plural) honour, distinction, or fame
8. look to one's laurels to be on guard against one's rivals
9. rest on one's laurels to be satisfied with distinction won by past achievements and cease to strive for further achievements
vb, -rels, -relling or -relled, -rels, -reling or -reled
(tr) to crown with laurels
[C13 lorer, from Old French lorier laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus]

lau•rel

(ˈlɔr əl, ˈlɒr-)

n., v. -reled, -rel•ing (esp. Brit.) -relled, -rel•ling. n.
1. Also called bay, sweet bay. a small European evergreen tree, Laurus nobilis, of the laurel family, having dark, glossy green leaves.
2. any tree of the genus Laurus.
3. any of various similar trees or shrubs, as the mountain laurel or the California laurel.
4. the foliage of the laurel as an emblem of victory or distinction.
5. a branch or wreath of laurel foliage.
6. Usu., laurels. honor won, as for achievement in a field or activity.
v.t.
7. to adorn or wreathe with laurel.
8. to honor with marks of distinction.
Idioms:
1. look to one's laurels, to be on guard against rivals.
2. rest on one's laurels, to cease to strive for further successes or accolades.
[1250–1300; dissimilated variant of Middle English laurer earlier lorer < Anglo-French]

Lau•rel

(ˈlɔr əl, ˈlɒr-)

n.
Stan (Arthur Stanley Jefferson), 1890–1965, U.S. motion-picture comedian, born in England.

laurel


Past participle: laurelled
Gerund: laurelling

Imperative
laurel
laurel
Present
I laurel
you laurel
he/she/it laurels
we laurel
you laurel
they laurel
Preterite
I laurelled
you laurelled
he/she/it laurelled
we laurelled
you laurelled
they laurelled
Present Continuous
I am laurelling
you are laurelling
he/she/it is laurelling
we are laurelling
you are laurelling
they are laurelling
Present Perfect
I have laurelled
you have laurelled
he/she/it has laurelled
we have laurelled
you have laurelled
they have laurelled
Past Continuous
I was laurelling
you were laurelling
he/she/it was laurelling
we were laurelling
you were laurelling
they were laurelling
Past Perfect
I had laurelled
you had laurelled
he/she/it had laurelled
we had laurelled
you had laurelled
they had laurelled
Future
I will laurel
you will laurel
he/she/it will laurel
we will laurel
you will laurel
they will laurel
Future Perfect
I will have laurelled
you will have laurelled
he/she/it will have laurelled
we will have laurelled
you will have laurelled
they will have laurelled
Future Continuous
I will be laurelling
you will be laurelling
he/she/it will be laurelling
we will be laurelling
you will be laurelling
they will be laurelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been laurelling
you have been laurelling
he/she/it has been laurelling
we have been laurelling
you have been laurelling
they have been laurelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been laurelling
you will have been laurelling
he/she/it will have been laurelling
we will have been laurelling
you will have been laurelling
they will have been laurelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been laurelling
you had been laurelling
he/she/it had been laurelling
we had been laurelling
you had been laurelling
they had been laurelling
Conditional
I would laurel
you would laurel
he/she/it would laurel
we would laurel
you would laurel
they would laurel
Past Conditional
I would have laurelled
you would have laurelled
he/she/it would have laurelled
we would have laurelled
you would have laurelled
they would have laurelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laurel - any of various aromatic trees of the laurel familylaurel - any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family
family Lauraceae, Lauraceae, laurel family - a family of Lauraceae
bay laurel, bay tree, Laurus nobilis, true laurel, bay - small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors
camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora - large evergreen tree of warm regions whose aromatic wood yields camphor
Ceylon cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, cinnamon - tropical Asian tree with aromatic yellowish-brown bark; source of the spice cinnamon
cassia-bark tree, Cinnamomum cassia, cassia - Chinese tree with aromatic bark; yields a less desirable cinnamon than Ceylon cinnamon
Cinnamomum loureirii, Saigon cinnamon - tropical southeast Asian tree with aromatic bark; yields a bark used medicinally
laurel-tree, Persea borbonia, red bay - small tree of southern United States having dark red heartwood
sassafras, Sassafras albidum, sassafras tree - yellowwood tree with brittle wood and aromatic leaves and bark; source of sassafras oil; widely distributed in eastern North America
California bay tree, California laurel, California olive, Oregon myrtle, pepperwood, sassafras laurel, Umbellularia californica, spice tree, mountain laurel - Pacific coast tree having aromatic foliage and small umbellate flowers followed by olivelike fruit; yields a hard tough wood
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
2.Laurel - United States slapstick comedian (born in England) who played the scatterbrained and often tearful member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1890-1965)
Laurel and Hardy - United States slapstick comedy duo who made many films together
3.laurel - (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victorylaurel - (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory
chaplet, coronal, lei, wreath, garland - flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

laurel

noun
rest on your laurels sit back, relax, take it easy, relax your efforts The government shouldn't rest on its laurels, and must press ahead with policy changes.

laurel

noun
Recognition of achievement or superiority or a sign of this.Often used in plural:
Translations
غار
vavřín
laurbærtræ
laurellaurelescorona de laurel
laakeri
lárviîur
ilsėtis ant laurųlauras
lauru koks
wawrzyn
lager
defne ağacı

laurel

[ˈlɒrəl]
A. Nlaurel m
to look to one's laurelsno dormirse en los laureles
to rest on one's laurelsdormirse en los laureles
to win one's laurelscargarse de laureles, laurearse
B. CPD laurel wreath Ncorona f de laurel

laurel

[ˈlɒrəl] nlaurier m
to rest on one's laurels → se reposer sur ses lauriers

laurel

nLorbeer m; to look to one’s laurelssich behaupten (müssen); to rest on one’s laurelssich auf seinen Lorbeeren ausruhen; to win or gain one’s laurelsLorbeeren ernten

laurel

[ˈlɒrl] nalloro, lauro
to rest on one's laurels → riposare or dormire sugli allori

laurel

(ˈlorəl) noun
a type of tree, once used for making wreaths to crown winners of races or competitions etc.
rest on one's laurels
to depend too much on one's past successes and therefore make no further effort.
References in classic literature ?
How luxurious it felt to rest thus in a strange, quaint bed, with its sweet country odor of laurel lingering about the sheets and mattress
You know the saloon is one of them patent houses you can take to pieces, and I've been reckoning you boys will have to pitch in and help me to take the whole shanty over to the laurel bushes, and put it up agin Kearney's cabin.
An old soldier might be supposed to prize only the bloody laurel on his brow; but here was one who seemed to have a young girl's appreciation of the floral tribe.
Jane," he recommenced, as we entered the laurel walk, and slowly strayed down in the direction of the sunk fence and the horse- chestnut, "Thornfield is a pleasant place in summer, is it not?
She led him round the laurel path and to the walk where the ivy grew so thickly.
Places of honour had been kept for the Miss Lammeters near the head of the principal tea-table in the wainscoted parlour, now looking fresh and pleasant with handsome branches of holly, yew, and laurel, from the abundant growths of the old garden; and Nancy felt an inward flutter, that no firmness of purpose could prevent, when she saw Mr.
Thus talking hand in hand alone they pass'd On to thir blissful Bower; it was a place Chos'n by the sovran Planter, when he fram'd All things to mans delightful use; the roofe Of thickest covert was inwoven shade Laurel and Mirtle, and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either side ACANTHUS, and each odorous bushie shrub Fenc'd up the verdant wall; each beauteous flour, IRIS all hues, Roses, and Gessamin Rear'd high thir flourisht heads between, and wrought Mosaic; underfoot the Violet, Crocus, and Hyacinth with rich inlay Broiderd the ground, more colour'd then with stone Of costliest Emblem: other Creature here Beast, Bird, Insect, or Worm durst enter none; Such was thir awe of man.
The elected Queen of Love and Beauty was then to crown the knight whom the Prince should adjudge to have borne himself best in this second day, with a coronet composed of thin gold plate, cut into the shape of a laurel crown.
They were now approaching the tennis courts by a path which wound between two laurel hedges through the shrubbery.
Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know," cried Lord Henry, laughing; and the two young men went out into the garden together and ensconced themselves on a long bamboo seat that stood in the shade of a tall laurel bush.
When Don Lorenzo had finished reciting his gloss, Don Quixote stood up, and in a loud voice, almost a shout, exclaimed as he grasped Don Lorenzo's right hand in his, "By the highest heavens, noble youth, but you are the best poet on earth, and deserve to be crowned with laurel, not by Cyprus or by Gaeta- as a certain poet, God forgive him, said- but by the Academies of Athens, if they still flourished, and by those that flourish now, Paris, Bologna, Salamanca.
I believed blindly at such times that by some miracle, by some external circumstance, all this would suddenly open out, expand; that suddenly a vista of suitable activity--beneficent, good, and, above all, ready made (what sort of activity I had no idea, but the great thing was that it should be all ready for me)--would rise up before me--and I should come out into the light of day, almost riding a white horse and crowned with laurel.