any tree of the genus Laurus.
any of various similar trees or shrubs, as the mountain laurel or the great rhododendron.
the foliage of the laurel as an emblem of victory or distinction.
a branch or wreath of laurel foliage.
Usually laurels. honor won, as for achievement in a field or activity.
to adorn or wreathe with laurel.
to honor with marks of distinction.
Idioms about laurel
look to one's laurels, to be alert to the possibility of being excelled or surpassed: New developments in the industry are forcing long-established firms to look to their laurels.
rest on one's laurels, to be content with one's past or present honors, achievements, etc.: He retired at the peak of his career and is resting on his laurels.
- un·lau·reled, adjective
- un·lau·relled, adjective
Other definitions for Laurel (2 of 2)
Stan Arthur Stanley Jefferson, 1890–1965, U.S. motion-picture actor and comedian, born in England.
a city in SE Mississippi.
a town in central Maryland.
a female given name.
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How to use laurel in a sentence
From CEOs to journalists to politicians, this year’s class of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 is an incredible group of innovators who refuse to rest on their laurels.The advice that helped this year’s 40 under 40 find their own path | kdunn6 | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
This is a time in history where companies cannot rest on their laurels or make empty promises when it comes to embracing and cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.Deep Dive: How companies and their employees are facing the future of work | Digiday | September 1, 2020 | Digiday
He’s a mechanical engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in laurel, Md.
For the early stage DTC startups who are seeing higher-than-expected sales growth, they are not resting on their laurels either.As headwinds emerge, DTC brands bet on early growth to carry them through the rest of the year | Anna Hensel | July 27, 2020 | Digiday
The Twins didn’t rest on their offseason laurels, adding the likes of Josh Donaldson, Kenta Maeda and Homer Bailey without losing too much of note.Baseball Will Be Weird This Year. But The Astros And Yankees Are Favorites In The American League … Again. | Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org) | July 21, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
So when my wife and I moved to laurel Canyon I spent my first year working night and day on the show.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Did McCarthy invent the portrayal of violence in fiction, or should that laurel go to Homer?Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons | William Giraldi | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If Pat Roberts lived in Dodge City, why did he travel 1,400 miles out of his way to purchase his car in laurel, Maryland?There's No Place Like Home For Kansas Senator Pat Roberts | Ben Jacobs | May 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But no laurel wreaths waited for Marina on the day of her victory.Marina Rikhvanova’s Quest To Save Russia’s Lake Baikal | Anna Nemtsova | November 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
One artist, Edgardo Aragón from Oaxaca, tries to capture that in an exhibition at the laurel Gitlen Gallery.
He went out into the garden, and the rustling of the laurel-bushes frightened him.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Burn the male olive-branch and the pine twig and juniper, and let the blazing laurel crackle amid the hearth.The Religion of Ancient Rome | Cyril Bailey
The composer was recalled fifteen times and presented with a laurel wreath.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
Nothing was to be thought of but a frame for this—olive, bay, laurel, everything appropriate to the conqueror.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
They could hear bird calling bird far within, among the myrtles and laurel hedges.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for laurel
Also called: bay, true laurel any lauraceous tree of the genus Laurus, such as the bay tree (see bay 4) and L. canariensis, of the Canary Islands and Azores
any lauraceous plant
spurge laurel a European thymelaeaceous evergreen shrub, Daphne laureola, with glossy leaves and small green flowers
spotted laurel or Japan laurel an evergreen cornaceous shrub, Aucuba japonica, of S and SE Asia, the female of which has yellow-spotted leaves
(plural) a wreath of true laurel, worn on the head as an emblem of victory or honour in classical times
(plural) honour, distinction, or fame
look to one's laurels to be on guard against one's rivals
rest on one's laurels to be satisfied with distinction won by past achievements and cease to strive for further achievements
(tr) to crown with laurels
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with laurel
see look to one's laurels; rest on one's laurels.
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