laud

[lawd]
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noun
  1. a song or hymn of praise.
  2. 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 formslaud·er, lau·da·tor [law-dey-ter] /ˈlɔ deɪ tər/, nouno·ver·laud, verb (used with object)un·laud·ed, adjective

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lauds

noun
  1. (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

laud

verb
  1. (tr) to praise or glorify
noun
  1. praise or glorification
Derived Formslauder, noun

Word Origin for laud

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

Laud

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for lauds
n.

mid-14c., from Old French; morning Church service in which psalms of praise to God (Psalms 148-150) are sung (see laud).

laud

v.

late 14c., from Old French lauder "praise, extol," from Latin laudare "to praise, commend, honor, extol, eulogize," from laus (genitive laudis) "praise, fame glory." Probably cognate with Old English leoð "song, poem, hymn," from Proto-Germanic *leuthan (cf. Old Norse ljoð "strophe," German Lied "song," Gothic liuþon "to praise"), and from an echoic PIE root *leu-. Related: Lauded; lauding.

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