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What does "Laureate" mean?

Definition

(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