verb (used with object), lau·reled, lau·rel·ing or (especially British) lau·relled, lau·rel·ling.
Origin of laurel
Synonyms for laurel
verb -rels, -relling or -relled or US -rels, -reling or -reled
Word Origin for laurel
c.1300, lorrer, from Old French laurier (12c.), from Latin laurus "laurel tree," probably related to Greek daphne "laurel" (for change of d- to l- see lachrymose), probably from a pre-IE Mediterranean language. The change of second -r- to -l- after mid-14c. is by dissimilation. An emblem of victory or of distinction, hence the phrase to rest (originally repose) on one's laurels, first attested 1831.
rest on one's laurels
Rely on one's past achievements, especially as a way of avoiding the work needed to advance one's status. For example, Now that Julian's in his eighties, he's decided to rest on his laurels and let some of the younger agents do the work. This term alludes to the crown of laurels awarded in ancient times for a spectacular achievement. [Late 1800s]
see look to one's laurels; rest on one's laurels.