Definition of laureate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɒrɪət/


1A person who is honoured with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement: a Nobel laureate
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  • Even though Ireland can boast of two other poets who have been internationally honoured as Nobel laureates, the Monaghan man continues to occupy a special niche in our affections.
  • The 15,000 pound prize awarded to the laureate is not to be sneezed at but the chance of working with the London Symphony Orchestra for a year is to dream of.
  • To a considerable extent, a tight circle of New York intellectuals, Ivy League stars, Nobel laureates and Oxbridge luminaries replaced him and his cohort.
1.1 short for Poet Laureate.
Example sentences
  • I fear that the million of whatever currency it is dazzles the British literary world to such an extent that the rest of the laureate's author-compatriots often remain quasi-invisible.
  • A talk among three former U.S. poet laureates, and the current laureate was especially telling.
  • She was appointed poet laureate of Illinois in 1968 and has been perhaps more active than many laureates.


1Wreathed with laurel as a mark of honour.
1.1(Of a crown or wreath) consisting of laurel.



Pronunciation: /ˈlɒrɪətʃɪp/
Example sentences
  • The ultimate acolyte in her youth, now she would be a patient mentor to young writers, with a Pulitzer Prize, two ex-husbands, and a poet laureateship behind her.
  • Despite the pre-eminence of the English language, very few British writers have won the Nobel laureateship - a notable exception being John Galsworthy in 1932.
  • Interestingly, Larkin's friend and biographer Andrew Motion went on to become the first academic holder of the poet laureateship.


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin laureatus, from laurea 'laurel wreath', from laurus 'laurel'.

Words that rhyme with laureate

baccalaureate, professoriate
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