- honor; glory; acclaim: He received kudos from everyone on his performance.
Origin of kudos1
The singular form kudo has been produced from kudos by back formation, the same process that gave us the singular pea from pease, originally both singular and plural, sherry from Xeres (an earlier spelling of the Spanish city Jerez), and cherry from the French singular noun cherise. This singular form has developed the meanings “honor” and “statement of praise, accolade.”
Both the singular form kudo and kudos as a plural are today most common in journalistic writing. Some usage guides warn against using them.
- plural of kudo.
- honor; glory; acclaim: No greater kudo could have been bestowed.
- a statement of praise or approval; accolade; compliment: one kudo after another.
Origin of kudo
Related Words for kudosapplause, renown, esteem, plaudits, eminence, fame, flattery, preeminence, credit, repute, regard, distinction, prestige, notability, glory, plum, prominence, puff, honor, PR
Examples from the Web for kudos
Contemporary Examples of kudos
Changing public opinion, of course, will be the work of a generation or maybe two, but kudos to Stewart for getting it started.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It
December 31, 2014
Kudos to the voters for nominating Allison Janney and Beau Bridges for the blistering guest turns, too.The Enraging Emmy Nominations: 20 Snubs and Surprises
July 10, 2014
Kudos to Ex-Mayor Mike, whose Harvard commencement address called for inclusion of more conservatives in higher education.Bloomberg’s Surprising Harvard Commencement Address Attacks Campus Ideologues
June 3, 2014
Kudos to Spacey for being a good sport, but if we're honest, his moves look more Tampa than Mumbai.Viral Video of the Day: Kevin Spacey Goes Bollywood
The Daily Beast Video
April 28, 2014
Kudos to the writers for finding a way to make the Damon-Elena-Stefan love triangle even more complicated.The 9 Wildest ‘Vampire Diaries’ Twists (VIDEO)
October 3, 2013
Historical Examples of kudos
He heaved a sigh as he thought of the kudos which might have been his.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
But he could, and he would, get what was dear to him—the recognition and the kudos to which he was entitled!Cynthia
I hope it's all honour and kudos and pleasantness, without a tax of botherations.The Letters of Henry James (volume I)
All the gunners down this way passed us all sorts of 'kudos' over it.In Flanders Fields and Other Poems
Then I'd have the freedom of the unmarried, with the kudos of the married.Chronicles of Avonlea
Lucy Maud Montgomery
- (functioning as singular) acclaim, glory, or prestigethe kudos of playing Carnegie Hall
Word Origin for kudos
"fame, renown," 1799, probably originally in university slang, from Greek kydos "glory, fame," especially in battle, literally "that which is heard of" (see caveat). A singular noun in Greek, but the final -s often is mistaken as a plural suffix in English, leading to the barbarous back-formation kudo (attested by 1936).