noun, plural poets laureate.
Origin of poet laureate
Examples from the Web for poet laureate
His first rise was his acquaintance with Metastasio, the poet-laureate of the court.Great Musical Composers|George T. Ferris
She thus came to be regarded as "a kind of poet-laureate in the domestic circles of Boston."The Negro in Literature and Art in the United States|Benjamin Brawley
He is intoxicated by his appointment to act as poet-laureate on the occasion of a visit of the Princess Amelia to Stowe.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)|Leslie Stephen
In 1851 he succeeded Wordsworth as poet-laureate of England.De La Salle Fifth Reader|Brothers of the Christian Schools
It would have been ridiculous in Cromwell to appoint a poet-laureate.
noun plural poets laureate
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.