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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.
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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
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(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]
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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
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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"
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[ˈlɔːrɪɪt] Nlaureado m
the Poet Laureate (Brit) → el Poeta Laureado
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[ˈlɔːrɪɪt] n Nobel laureate in Physicsinsignito/a del Nobel per la fisica
see also poet laureate
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It will readily occur to the antiquary, that these verses are intended to imitate the antique poetry of the Scalds the minstrels of the old Scandinavians the race, as the Laureate so happily terms them,
He secured a lucrative share in the profits of the King's Playhouse, one of the two theaters of the time which alone were allowed to present regular plays, and he held the mainly honorary positions of poet laureate and historiographer-royal.
He had the further mortification of seeing the very Shadwell whom he had so unsparingly ridiculed replace him as poet laureate. These reverses, however, he met with his characteristic manly fortitude, and of his position as the acknowledged head of English letters he could not be deprived; his chair at 'Will's' coffee-house was the throne of an unquestioned monarch.
Among them towers the Poet Laureate, to whom perhaps Higgins may owe his Miltonic sympathies, though here again I must disclaim all portraiture.
Forgive me, and entreat Fortune, as well as thou canst, to deliver us out of this miserable strait we are both in; and I promise to put a crown of laurel on thy head, and make thee look like a poet laureate, and give thee double feeds."
Not Coleridge first threw that spell; but God's great, unflattering laureate, Nature.
"It might be London." She looked at the two rows of English people who were sitting at the table; at the row of white bottles of water and red bottles of wine that ran between the English people; at the portraits of the late Queen and the late Poet Laureate that hung behind the English people, heavily framed; at the notice of the English church (Rev.
His poetry is all very well on shipboard, notwithstanding when he wrote an "Ode to the Ocean in a Storm" in one half hour, and an "Apostrophe to the Rooster in the Waist of the Ship" in the next, the transition was considered to be rather abrupt; but when he sends an invoice of rhymes to the Governor of Fayal and another to the commander in chief and other dignitaries in Gibraltar with the compliments of the Laureate of the Ship, it is not popular with the passengers.
Drinking, indeed, has had its laureates. Yet would I offer my mite of prose in its honour.
Wolverhampton Council wants to appoint a Poet Laureate who will champion poetry for the city and play a starring role in the fourth Wolverhampton Literature Festival next year.
UK bookshop chain Waterstones announced on Tuesday that Cressida Cowell, author of the How to Train Your Dragon series, has been appointed as the 11th Waterstones Children's Laureate, which is awarded biennially to an outstanding children's author or illustrator with a passion for fostering a new generation of writers, artists and readers.
The 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will begin in Lindau Island from June 30.