• WordNet 3.6
    • adj laureate worthy of the greatest honor or distinction "The nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his black bag"- James Traub"
    • n laureate someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone crowned with a laurel wreath
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Laureate A person who has been presented with an award for some distinguished achievement; as, a Nobel laureate; the Pris de Rome laureate; the Music Director Laureate; the conductor laureate .
    • a Laureate Crowned, or decked, with laurel. "To strew the laureate hearse where Lycid lies.""Soft on her lap her laureate son reclines."
    • Laureate One crowned with laurel; a poet laureate. "A learned laureate ."
    • v. i Laureate To honor with a wreath of laurel, as formerly was done in bestowing a degree at the English universities.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • laureate To put a wreath of laurel upon the head of; crown with laurel, as formerly in conferring a degree in a university.
    • laureate To invest with the office of poet laureate.
    • laureate Crowned with laurel as a mark of distinction; decked with laurel.
    • laureate In numismatical descriptions, wearing a laurel wreath: said of a human head, a bust, etc.: as, the head of the emperor Nero, laureate.—
    • n laureate One crowned with laurel; a poet laureate; an officially appointed or recognized poet.
    • n laureate In the musical conservatories of Paris and Brussels, a pupil who gains the Prix de Rome.
    • n laureate In some educational institutions in the United States, a degree given to women instead of ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Master’: as, Laureate of Science, etc.
    • n laureate In numismatics, same as laurel, 5.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Laureate law′re-āt crowned with laurel
    • n Laureate one crowned with laurel: a poet-laureate
    • v.t Laureate to crown with laurel, in token of literary merit: to confer a degree upon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. laureatus, fr. laurea, laurel tree, fr. laureus, of laurel, fr. laurus, laurel: cf. F. lauréat,. Cf. Laurel


In literature:

Never laureate sang in strains more solemn and tender.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
I do not know whether the great laureate ever sailed these seas.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
He was appointed poet laureate in 1913, following Alfred Austin.
"Modern British Poetry" by Various
Among others the poet-laureate, Southey, remonstrated with Shelley.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
I have said, in an earlier chapter, that he might have been the Poet Laureate.
"Gilbert Keith Chesterton" by Patrick Braybrooke
He was a supporter of the house of Stuart, and was made poet laureate.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
If you will have the fruit, said the Laureate, you must climb the tree.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845" by Various
The act of receiving the crown of a poet laureate was, in those days of magnificent ceremonials, attended with much really regal pomp.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
The preposterous office of Poet Laureate should now be abolished.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Laurence, Poet Laureate, Rector of Coningsby, 205.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter

In poetry:

Lord of the main and manor!
Thy palm, in ancient day,
Didst rock the country's cradle
That wakes thy laureate's lay.
"The United States To Great Britain" by Mary Baker Eddy
And the Poit-Laureat's crownd,
I think, in some respex,
Egstremely shootable might be found
For honest Pleaseman X.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
He dreams . . . If only I were King
I'd make of her my Queen.
If I were laureate I'd sing
Her loveliness serene.
—How wistfully romance can haunt
A city restaurant!
"Weary Waitress" by Robert W Service
Yet think, great Sir! (so many virtues shown)
Ah think, what poet best may make them known?
Or choose at least some minister of grace,
Fit to bestow the laureate's weighty place.
"Imitations of Horace: The First Epistle of the Second Book" by Alexander Pope
One sings a flower, and one a face, and one
Screens from the world a corner choice and small,
Each toy its little laureate hath, but none
Sings of the whole: yea, only he sang all.
"Alfred Tennyson" by Richard Le Gallienne
Ah, fools! he was a laureate ere one leaf
Of the great crown had whispered on his brows;
Fame shrilled his song, Love carolled it, and Grief
Blessed it with tears within her lonely house.
"Alfred Tennyson" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

I wrote about the new Nobel Literature laureate here yesterday, and add more today in the New York Post.
Hall's Literary Moves: The former Poet Laureate will read from his new collection, Unpacking the Boxes, at MPC tonight.
Another from poet laureate Robert Pinsky's project of asking Americans to read their favorite poems.
In a discussion with Elizabeth Farnsworth, America's newest Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, discusses the state of poetry in America, his new job and poetry in cyberspace.
The next poet laureate is Robert Pinsky.
COLUMBIA — Poet laureate Maya Angelou fell asleep before Tuesday's presidential election was decided.
Who better to be poet laureate than Bard of L.A. Daily News columnists.
MIT physicist and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek was so confident the Higgs boson would be found that he bet a cache of rare chocolate coins.
He mispronounced that name of opposition leader and Nobel Peace Price laureate Aung San Suu Kyi several times.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with democracy activist and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at the start of the president's landmark visit to the long-isolated nation of Burma .
The key to San Francisco opens the heart of visiting Nobel Laureate.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prize laureate Mo Yan, who has been criticized for his cozy relationship with China's Communist Party, has compared censorship to security checks at airports, suggesting it is unpleasant but necessary.
Mo Yan of China, the 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate speaks Dec more.
The report into violence against women was led by Nobel laureates Jody Williams (R) and Rigoberta Menchu (L).
(AP) — US poet laureate Natasha Trethewey describes herself as a "cheerleader" for the written word.

In science:

Several distinguished researchers in natural sciences and economics, started the Santa Fe Institute in USA in 1984, where several Nobel laureates in physics, biology and economics soon joined as adjunct faculty.
Fifteen Years of Econophysics Research
It has Nobel laureates George Akerlof, Sir James Mirrlees, A.
Fifteen Years of Econophysics Research
As an aside, Becker relates g to the “Tobit model” (named after economics Nobel laureate James Tobin) and implies that economist Frank Ghery (1972) was the first to propose use of g, evidently unaware (as was I) that g was earlier used by psychologists Hovland et al.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
Solar neutrinos are not "missing" . “Smoke" was mistaken for so lar fuel. That misunderstanding produced the "Solar Neutrino Puzzle", the other major problem that Nobel Laureate William A.
Plasma Diffuser Sorts Light Atoms to Solar Surface
The detector is situated in the same cavern used by the original Kamiokande experiment, where 2002 Nobel laureate Masatoshi Koshiba performed much of his ground-breaking research in neutrino physics.
Geo-neutrinos and Earth's interior