[ lawr-ee-it, lor- ]
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  1. a person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award: a Nobel laureate.

  1. deserving or having special recognition for achievement, as for poetry (often used immediately after the noun that is modified): poet laureate; conjurer laureate.

  2. having special distinction or recognition in a field: the laureate men of science.

  1. crowned or decked with laurel as a mark of honor.

  2. consisting of or resembling laurel, as a wreath or crown.

Origin of laureate

1350–1400; Middle English; <Latin laureātus crowned with laurel, equivalent to laure(us) of laurel (laur(us) bay tree + -eus-eous) + -ātus-ate1

Other words from laureate

  • lau·re·ate·ship, noun

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How to use laureate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for laureate


/ (ˈlɔːrɪɪt) /

adjective(usually immediately postpositive)
  1. literary crowned with laurel leaves as a sign of honour

  2. archaic made of laurel

  1. short for poet laureate

  2. a person honoured with an award for art or science: a Nobel laureate

  1. rare a person honoured with the laurel crown or wreath

Origin of laureate

C14: from Latin laureātus, from laurea laurel

Derived forms of laureate

  • laureateship, noun
  • laureation (ˌlɔːrɪˈeɪʃən), noun

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