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laureate

Winning a major award that marks your achievement in science, art, or literature makes you a laureate. If you develop a cure for cancer one day, you'll probably be a Nobel laureate!

The word laureate has a Latin root meaning "crowned with laurels," a reference to the dark, glossy-leaved plants that were historically draped on celebrated poets and heroes in ancient Greece. In 17th-century England, royal households had their very own poets, known as poet laureates — this honorific has since been extended, so that schools, states, and even entire countries have poet laureates, celebrated and honored for their work.

Definitions of laureate
  1. noun
    someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone crowned with a laurel wreath
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    types:
    Nobel Laureate, Nobelist
    winner of a Nobel prize
    poet laureate
    the poet officially appointed to the royal household in Great Britain
    type of:
    honoree
    a recipient of honors in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments
  2. adjective
    worthy of the greatest honor or distinction
    “"The nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his black bag"- James Traub”
    Synonyms:
    honorable, honourable
    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
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