- a person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award: a Nobel laureate.
- poet laureate.
- deserving or having special recognition for achievement, as for poetry (often used immediately after the noun that is modified): poet laureate; conjurer laureate.
- having special distinction or recognition in a field: the laureate men of science.
- crowned or decked with laurel as a mark of honor.
- consisting of or resembling laurel, as a wreath or crown.
Origin of laureate
Examples from the Web for laureate
At that first meeting, activists elected Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov to be the chair for their society.The Kremlin’s Plan to Erase Russia’s Memory and Its Conscience
October 13, 2014
The West awarded him the Nobel prize for literature in 1987 and America made Brodsky its poet laureate in 1991.From Moscow to Queens, Down Sergei Dovlatov Way
September 15, 2014
It was Independent People, by Nobel laureate Haldor Laxness, that put modern Icelandic literature on the global map.Want to Write a Book? Go to Iceland
May 26, 2014
The playwright Jon Fosse could avoid the curse of Henrik Ibsen to become a Norwegian dramatist Nobel laureate.Nobel Literature Prize Favorites for Dummies, According to the Bookies
October 9, 2013
The Irish poet and Nobel laureate, who died Friday at the age of 74, was often called accessible, as if it were a handicap.Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: Accessible, Yes, and Beautiful
August 30, 2013
I see myself a singer of simple songs, a laureate of the under-dog.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
What need we then to constitute a court, except a fool and a laureate?Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
If you will have the fruit, said the Laureate, you must climb the tree.
All the pieces now to be found in his character of laureate are in Latin.
He wrote sonnets and satires, and was invested with the laureate.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
- literary crowned with laurel leaves as a sign of honour
- archaic made of laurel
- short for poet laureate
- a person honoured with an award for art or sciencea Nobel laureate
- rare a person honoured with the laurel crown or wreath
Word Origin and History for laureate
late 14c., from Latin laureatus "crowned with laurels," from laurea "laurel crown" (emblematic of victory or distinction in poetry), from fem. of laureus "of laurel," from laurus "laurel." Laureat poete first found in "Canterbury Tales" (form with the noun before the adjective, in imitation of Latin word order, is from c.1400 in English); the first official one was probably Ben Jonson (1638), though the first recorded one was Dryden (1668). Extended to Nobel prize winners, 1947. As a noun, 1520s, from the adjective. Related: Laureateship.