[ 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.

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


lau·re·ate·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for laureateship

/ (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 forms of laureate

laureateship, nounlaureation (ˌlɔːrɪˈeɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for laureate

C14: from Latin laureātus, from laurea laurel
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