A laurel is a wreath worn on the head, usually as a symbol of victory. If you see an image of Julius Caesar, chances are he's wearing a laurel.

A laurel is a type of wreath — circular, made from leaves and branches — worn on the head in ancient times. The laurel is a symbol of victory that lives on in the phrase "Resting on one's laurels." When you rest on your laurels, you're happy with previous successes but not doing much to continue succeeding. You've gotten lazy and complacent.

Definitions of laurel
  1. noun
    any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family
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    Laurus nobilis, bay, bay laurel, bay tree, true laurel
    small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors
    Cinnamomum camphora, camphor tree
    large evergreen tree of warm regions whose aromatic wood yields camphor
    Ceylon cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, cinnamon
    tropical Asian tree with aromatic yellowish-brown bark; source of the spice cinnamon
    Cinnamomum cassia, cassia, cassia-bark tree
    Chinese tree with aromatic bark; yields a less desirable cinnamon than Ceylon cinnamon
    Cinnamomum loureirii, Saigon cinnamon
    tropical southeast Asian tree with aromatic bark; yields a bark used medicinally
    Persea borbonia, laurel-tree, red bay
    small tree of southern United States having dark red heartwood
    Sassafras albidum, sassafras, sassafras tree
    yellowwood tree with brittle wood and aromatic leaves and bark; source of sassafras oil; widely distributed in eastern North America
    California bay tree, California laurel, California olive, Oregon myrtle, Umbellularia californica, mountain laurel, pepperwood, sassafras laurel, spice tree
    Pacific coast tree having aromatic foliage and small umbellate flowers followed by olivelike fruit; yields a hard tough wood
    type of:
    angiospermous tree, flowering tree
    any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
  2. noun
    (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory
    synonyms: bay wreath, laurel wreath
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    type of:
    chaplet, coronal, garland, lei, wreath
    flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
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