4. a person on whom honor or distinction is conferred
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈlaureˌated or ˈlaureˌating Archaic
6. to honor or confer distinction upon
7. to appoint to the position of poet laureate
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Word origin of 'laureate'ME < L laureatus < laurea (corona), laurel (wreath), fem. of laureus, of laurel < laurus, laurel