Definition of kudos in English:



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

    ‘she was looking for kudos rather than profit’
    • ‘The voluminous and emotional responses ranged from kudos to condemnation.’
    • ‘If you are one of the few who have stuck with it, kudos to you.’
    • ‘It gives equal kudos to Harrison, the man who spent decades creating the most accurate clock in the world, and King.’
    • ‘Still a win is a win and the champs will find a way to win when its necessary so kudos to Detroit.’
    • ‘Now on the surface this sounds like a right reasonable question to ask and kudos to the guy who brought it up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lastly, kudos to all three performers for their spot-on character work.’
    • ‘If so, kudos to Neyer for being the only one to stand up to the guy.’
    • ‘Good luck and kudos to you for taking an interest in a needy child.’
    • ‘Even the staff at the International Plaza Hotel offered kudos to the conference.’
    • ‘Still she performed like a trooper and actually did the shoot so kudos to her.’
    • ‘They again gave kudos to the organising committee, led by retired police officer Kyron Arthur.’
    • ‘The lone conductor never stood a chance of subduing them, but kudos to her for trying anyway.’
    • ‘Now I have to give credit where it is due, so kudos to all those involved in the major drug bust on Monos Island.’
    • ‘However, Mr Murphy gave kudos to the Credit Union for organising the event.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've given out some kudos to Julia Baird and we all vigorously debated Miranda Devine.’
    • ‘I'll give kudos to Kendall who has tried three times to get rid of him.’
    • ‘Also, kudos to Terry Milewski of the CBC for fantastic reporting of this story.’
    • ‘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
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    1. 1.1North American informal Compliments or congratulations.
      ‘kudos to everyone who put the event together’
      • ‘Kudos to the costumes by Michael O'Connor (The Last King Of Scotland).’
      • ‘Kudos for the excellent job on the college football bowl preview.’
      • ‘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 them for providing Hussain with a forum.’
      • ‘Kudos goes to Robert Yates Racing for developing a better overall package for Jarrett.’
      • ‘Kudos to MGM for their great work on this title!’
      • ‘Kudos to Nikolai for navigating the sometimes turbulent, shark infested waters around weblog island to create The Bloggies.’
      • ‘Kudos to Mark for at least getting it out the door periodically.’
      • ‘Kudos to the Journal for finally raising the issue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Kudos on the quality of the production; they did not skimp on anything.’
      • ‘Kudos to the wonderful children who did their teacher proud, winning applause from her gurus in whose honour the mega event was held.’
      • ‘More kudos to your site due to the fact the CEO likes your idea!’
      • ‘Kudos to the Toledo Blade for breaking an important story.’
      • ‘Kudos to President Tadic of Serbia for arresting him.’
      • ‘Kudos to all of you for an amazing job.’
      • ‘Kudos to Anchor Bay for doing at least something with a little old horror flick from the '80s.’
      • ‘Kudos to Szokolay for devoting part of his program to some of the composer's underrated keyboard gems.’
      • ‘Kudos to the library there for taking the lead on this project!’
      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.