honor; glory; acclaim: He received kudos from everyone on his performance.
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.
Other definitions for kudos (2 of 2)
plural of kudo.
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How to use kudos in a sentence
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 | Michael Tomasky | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“There is a certain cultural kudos attached to collecting today,” Gilkes says.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty | Tim Teeman | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Kevin Fallon | July 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Ron Christie | June 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
For Kum Kale and for what he has done, suffered and lost he deserves great kudos in his country.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
It was certainly a sporting method, and the hunter got many skins and much local kudos, the latter being certainly well earned.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
Well, I don't say I mayn't have got a certain amount of what they call "kudos," owing to Andromeda.
And compared with the kudos that would be hers, even the foregone royalty fell away into the background.Gray youth | Oliver Onions
Much kudos has accrued to Mr. Kruger for his magnanimity and much profit for his astuteness!The Transvaal from Within | J. P. Fitzpatrick
British Dictionary definitions for kudos
(functioning as singular) acclaim, glory, or prestige: the kudos of playing Carnegie Hall
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