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Laurel

[lawr-uh l, lor-]
noun
  1. StanArthur Stanley Jefferson, 1890–1965, U.S. motion-picture actor and comedian, born in England.
  2. a city in SE Mississippi.
  3. a town in central Maryland.
  4. a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for stan laurel

laurel

noun
  1. 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
  2. any lauraceous plant
  3. short for cherry laurel, mountain laurel
  4. spurge laurel a European thymelaeaceous evergreen shrub, Daphne laureola, with glossy leaves and small green flowers
  5. spotted laurel or Japan laurel an evergreen cornaceous shrub, Aucuba japonica, of S and SE Asia, the female of which has yellow-spotted leaves
  6. (plural) a wreath of true laurel, worn on the head as an emblem of victory or honour in classical times
  7. (plural) honour, distinction, or fame
  8. look to one's laurels to be on guard against one's rivals
  9. rest on one's laurels to be satisfied with distinction won by past achievements and cease to strive for further achievements
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verb -rels, -relling or -relled or US -rels, -reling or -reled
  1. (tr) to crown with laurels
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Word Origin

C13 lorer, from Old French lorier laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus
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Word Origin and History for stan laurel

laurel

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with stan laurel

laurel

see look to one's laurels; rest on one's laurels.

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