[ lawd ]
/ lɔd /

verb (used with object)

to praise; extol.


a song or hymn of praise.
lauds, (used with a singular or plural verb) Ecclesiastical. a canonical hour, marked especially by psalms of praise, usually recited with matins.

Origin of laud

1300–50; (v.) Middle English lauden < Latin laudāre to praise, derivative of laus (stem laud-) praise; (noun) Middle English laude, back formation from laudes (plural) < Late Latin, special use of plural of Latin laus praise

Related forms

laud·er, lau·da·tor [law-dey-ter] /ˈlɔ deɪ tər/, nouno·ver·laud, verb (used with object)un·laud·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lauds (1 of 3)


/ (lɔːdz) /


(functioning as singular or plural) mainly RC Church the traditional morning prayer of the Western Church, constituting with matins the first of the seven canonical hours

Word Origin for lauds

C14: see laud

British Dictionary definitions for lauds (2 of 3)


/ (lɔːd) literary /


(tr) to praise or glorify


praise or glorification

Derived Forms

lauder, noun

Word Origin for laud

C14: vb from Latin laudāre; n from laudēs, pl of Latin laus praise

British Dictionary definitions for lauds (3 of 3)


/ (lɔːd) /


William. 1573–1645, English prelate; archbishop of Canterbury (1633–45). His persecution of Puritans and his High Church policies in England and Scotland were a cause of the Civil War; he was impeached by the Long Parliament (1640) and executed
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