- (in Great Britain) a poet appointed for life as an officer of the royal household, formerly expected to write poems in celebration of court and national events.
- a poet recognized or acclaimed as the most eminent or representative of a country or locality.
- (formerly) a poet whose efforts were officially recognized, as by a sovereign, university, etc.
Origin of poet laureate
Examples from the Web for poet laureate
Among others the poet-laureate, Southey, remonstrated with Shelley.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
But would he not feel, even if no one else knew it, that he was the poet-laureate of a corporation?That Fortune
Charles Dudley Warner
Our poet-laureate must be a close observer of natural history.Heads and Tales
It would have been ridiculous in Cromwell to appoint a poet-laureate.
But he was poet-laureate for George the First—you understand the term?'An American Girl in London
Sara Jeannette Duncan
- British the poet appointed as court poet of Britain who is given a post as an officer of the Royal Household. The first was Ben Jonson in 1616
The national poet in Britain. Historically, the poet laureate's duty has been to compose official poetry for the king's or queen's birthday and for great public occasions, such as victories in war, coronations, and births and weddings in the royal family. The poets laureate of Britain have included Geoffrey Chaucer, William Wordsworth, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.