Definition of kudos in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Praise and honour received for an achievement.

    ‘she was looking for kudos rather than profit’
    • ‘I've given out some kudos to Julia Baird and we all vigorously debated Miranda Devine.’
    • ‘Now I have to give credit where it is due, so kudos to all those involved in the major drug bust on Monos Island.’
    • ‘If you are one of the few who have stuck with it, kudos to you.’
    • ‘Also, kudos to Terry Milewski of the CBC for fantastic reporting of this story.’
    • ‘So it isn't as if it is going to bring a lot of extra ratings but it will certainly bring a lot of kudos to the network that did it.’
    • ‘Good luck and kudos to you for taking an interest in a needy child.’
    • ‘The voluminous and emotional responses ranged from kudos to condemnation.’
    • ‘I don't know if they nailed him later with a credit card chargeback, but I say kudos to him for giving us all a big laugh.’
    • ‘Now on the surface this sounds like a right reasonable question to ask and kudos to the guy who brought it up.’
    • ‘Still a win is a win and the champs will find a way to win when its necessary so kudos to Detroit.’
    • ‘If so, kudos to Neyer for being the only one to stand up to the guy.’
    • ‘Even the staff at the International Plaza Hotel offered kudos to the conference.’
    • ‘Lastly, kudos to all three performers for their spot-on character work.’
    • ‘However, Mr Murphy gave kudos to the Credit Union for organising the event.’
    • ‘Still she performed like a trooper and actually did the shoot so kudos to her.’
    • ‘I'll give kudos to Kendall who has tried three times to get rid of him.’
    • ‘They again gave kudos to the organising committee, led by retired police officer Kyron Arthur.’
    • ‘It gives equal kudos to Harrison, the man who spent decades creating the most accurate clock in the world, and King.’
    • ‘The lone conductor never stood a chance of subduing them, but kudos to her for trying anyway.’
    • ‘Also, kudos to Amy from Cooking with Amy for getting some press as well.’
    prestige, cachet, glory, honour, status, standing, distinction, prestigiousness, fame, celebrity, reputation, repute, renown, notability
    admiration, respect, esteem, acclaim, acclamation, applause, praise, credit, approbation, tribute
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    1. 1.1North American informal Compliments or congratulations.
      ‘kudos to everyone who put the event together’
      • ‘Kudos to Nikolai for navigating the sometimes turbulent, shark infested waters around weblog island to create The Bloggies.’
      • ‘Kudos to the library there for taking the lead on this project!’
      • ‘Kudos to the wonderful children who did their teacher proud, winning applause from her gurus in whose honour the mega event was held.’
      • ‘Kudos to the costumes by Michael O'Connor (The Last King Of Scotland).’
      • ‘Kudos to President Tadic of Serbia for arresting him.’
      • ‘Kudos for the excellent job on the college football bowl preview.’
      • ‘Kudos to MGM for their great work on this title!’
      • ‘Kudos to Szokolay for devoting part of his program to some of the composer's underrated keyboard gems.’
      • ‘Kudos to the Toledo Blade for breaking an important story.’
      • ‘Kudos to the Astros for bucking the conventional wisdom in favor of guys who can actually pitch.’
      • ‘Kudos, by the way, on the fantastic articles.’
      • ‘More kudos to your site due to the fact the CEO likes your idea!’
      • ‘Kudos to the Journal for finally raising the issue.’
      • ‘Kudos to Mark for at least getting it out the door periodically.’
      • ‘Kudos to this dancer for thinking beyond the customary perception of affording Rama the superlative prowess; thereby questioning his viability to be worshipped.’
      • ‘Kudos to Anchor Bay for doing at least something with a little old horror flick from the '80s.’
      • ‘Kudos to all of you for an amazing job.’
      • ‘Kudos on the quality of the production; they did not skimp on anything.’
      • ‘Kudos to them for providing Hussain with a forum.’
      • ‘Kudos goes to Robert Yates Racing for developing a better overall package for Jarrett.’
      praise, commendation, applause, salutes, honour, acclaim, acclamation, tribute, cheers, ovation, accolade, plaudits, felicitations
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Kudos comes from Greek and means ‘praise’. Despite appearances, it is not a plural form. This means that there is no singular form kudo and that the use of kudos as a plural, as in the following sentence, is incorrect: he received many kudos for his work (correct use is he received much kudos for his work)


Late 18th century: Greek.