noun (used with a singular verb)
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.
noun, plural ku·dos for 2.
Origin of kudo
Examples from the Web for 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|Michael Tomasky|December 31, 2014|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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Kudos to the writers for finding a way to make the Damon-Elena-Stefan love triangle even more complicated.
But he learnt nothing from these rebuffs, and there was no kudos to be gained by showing him what an utter ass he really was.A Crime of the Under-seas|Guy Boothby
All the gunners down this way passed us all sorts of 'kudos' over it.In Flanders Fields and Other Poems|John McCrae
Well, I don't say I mayn't have got a certain amount of what they call "kudos," owing to Andromeda.
He heaved a sigh as he thought of the kudos which might have been his.The Pit Prop Syndicate|Freeman Wills Crofts
And compared with the kudos that would be hers, even the foregone royalty fell away into the background.Gray youth|Oliver Onions
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).