Definition of laureate in US English:



  • 1A person who is honored with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement.

    ‘a Nobel laureate’
    • ‘He is professor of economics at Columbia University and a Nobel laureate.’
    • ‘The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award won't endow winners with the millions showered on Nobel laureates, but it is as ambitious and international in scope.’
    • ‘Even though Ireland can boast of two other poets who have been internationally honoured as Nobel laureates, the Monaghan man continues to occupy a special niche in our affections.’
    • ‘On another apparent level he's a genius; in fact that word might be inadequate to describe his level of intelligence that rivals that of Nobel laureates in several fields.’
    • ‘Some of the world's leading economists - including three Nobel laureates - answered this question at the Copenhagen Consensus in May, prioritising policies for improving the world.’
    • ‘Renowned scientists, including two Nobel laureates, bioethicists, historians, biotechnology entrepreneurs, and others participated in a mix of lectures and panel discussions.’
    • ‘To a considerable extent, a tight circle of New York intellectuals, Ivy League stars, Nobel laureates and Oxbridge luminaries replaced him and his cohort.’
    • ‘This team, made up of eight of the world's top economists, including three Nobel laureates, was aiming to identify the most cost - effective solutions to the world's most serious problems.’
    • ‘There are performances by the Kirov Ballet, a symposium of 25 Nobel laureates, concerts and the opportunity to visit outstanding museums and galleries.’
    • ‘Including this year's laureates, this honor has been bestowed on 120 individuals and 12 companies.’
    • ‘No social science laureate was awarded this year as nominees did not meet the qualifications.’
    • ‘The 15,000 pound prize awarded to the laureate is not to be sneezed at but the chance of working with the London Symphony Orchestra for a year is to dream of.’
    • ‘Three main prizes worth €300,000, €240,000 and €150,000 will be awarded to the three best laureates, who will also win a piano recital in Vienna.’
    • ‘Her excellent standing might be further upgraded this autumn when one of the silver laureates will win the Golden Magnolia Award.’
    • ‘The festival opened officially on June 20 with a special concert competition featuring laureates from the Inter-Atlantic Music Foundation.’
    • ‘About those, he says that three quarters of all Nobel laureates in science, medicine, and economics have lived and worked in the U.S. in recent decades.’
    • ‘Only addresses provided by the laureates themselves are listed.’
    • ‘The ANBHF has published the biographies of more than 40 of our laureates and fellows.’
    • ‘The list was developed in a series of winnowing steps and overseen by economists, with the final panel including three Nobel laureates.’
    • ‘There aren't many Hollywood blockbusters about Nobel laureates in economics.’
    1. 1.1
      short for poet laureate
      • ‘The poet laureate's role is not new to him as he has been the laureate of Glasgow, where he has lived most of his life and was Professor of English until retiring in 1980.’
      • ‘She was appointed poet laureate of Illinois in 1968 and has been perhaps more active than many laureates.’
      • ‘Whether the laureate speaks for poets, poetry, or the public isn't entirely clear.’
      • ‘It's not for nothing that this laureate of embarrassment is an ardent admirer of Kafka.’
      • ‘I fear that the million of whatever currency it is dazzles the British literary world to such an extent that the rest of the laureate's author-compatriots often remain quasi-invisible.’
      • ‘A talk among three former U.S. poet laureates, and the current laureate was especially telling.’


  • 1Wreathed with laurel as a mark of honor.

    1. 1.1 (of a crown or wreath) consisting of laurel.


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin laureatus, from laurea ‘laurel wreath’, from laurus ‘laurel’.