[ lawr-ee-it, lor- ]
/ ˈlɔr i ɪt, ˈlɒr- /


a person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award: a Nobel 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.

Nearby words

  1. laura,
  2. lauraceous,
  3. lauraldehyde,
  4. laurasia,
  5. laurate,
  6. laureen,
  7. laurel,
  8. laurel and hardy,
  9. laurel cherry,
  10. laurel family

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

Related formslau·re·ate·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for laureate


/ (ˈlɔːrɪɪt) /

adjective (usually immediately postpositive)

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
Derived Formslaureateship, nounlaureation (ˌlɔːrɪˈeɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for laureate

C14: from Latin laureātus, from laurea laurel

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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.

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