What does "Laureate" mean?


(a.) Crowned, or decked, with laurel (n.) One crowned with laurel; a poet laureate (v. i.) To honor with a wreath of laurel, as formerly was done in bestowing a degree at the English universities

Synonyms honorable, honourable

Example: "The nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his black bag- James Traub"

Word Family laureates, laureateship, laureateships