kudos

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κῦδος (kûdos, praise, renown).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kudos (uncountable)

  1. Praise; accolades.
    The talented, young playwright received much kudos for his new drama.
    • 2011 Allen Gregory, "1 Night in Gottlieb" (season 1, episode 2):
      Allen Gregory DeLongpre: Pat, I gotta tell you, you did a lot of things right with this lunch―kudos. You got back quickly, you showed initiative, and, best of all, you left plenty of room for improvement.
    • 2014, Tim Carvell; Josh Gondelman; Dan Gurewitch; Jeff Maurer; Ben Silva; Will Tracy; Jill Twiss; Seena Vali; Julie Weiner, “The Lottery”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 1, episode 24, HBO, Warner Bros. Television:
      And… and to that… to that Turkish horse, I say this, “You should not step on people’s balls, but, in this solitary instance, kudos, horse, kudos.”
  2. Credit for one's achievements.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[1]:
      Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The noun kudos was originally a mass noun, but in American English is now sometimes treated as a plural noun, either as a plurale tantum, or as the plural of a new noun kudo, contrary to the original Greek κῦδος (kûdos), which is a singular noun. The American pronunciation implies this plural usage, which many authorities nevertheless consider erroneous.

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Verb[edit]

kudos (third-person singular simple present kudoses, present participle kudosing, simple past and past participle kudosed)

  1. (informal) To give praise or accolades.
    • 2018, Margaret Edds, We Face the Dawn
      You know and I know that Dr. Tinsley likes a bit of kudosing every now and then. I think it would be well if we seriously considered some kind of honorable mention for him at the Conference.

Noun[edit]

kudos

  1. (nonstandard, proscribed) plural of kudo

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

kutoa (to weave) +‎ -os.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkudos/, [ˈkudo̞s̠]
  • Rhymes: -udos
  • Syllabification(key): ku‧dos

Noun[edit]

kudos

  1. (textiles) fabric, texture (texture of a cloth)
  2. fabric (framework underlying a structure)
    Synonym: rakenne
    maailmankaikkeuden kudosthe fabric of the universe
  3. (art) texture (quality given to a work of art by the composition and interaction of its parts)
    Synonym: rakenne
    sävellyksen polyfoninen kudosthe polyphonic texture of the composition
  4. (biology) tissue (group of similar cells that function together to do a specific job)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of kudos (Kotus type 39/vastaus, no gradation)
nominative kudos kudokset
genitive kudoksen kudosten
kudoksien
partitive kudosta kudoksia
illative kudokseen kudoksiin
singular plural
nominative kudos kudokset
accusative nom. kudos kudokset
gen. kudoksen
genitive kudoksen kudosten
kudoksien
partitive kudosta kudoksia
inessive kudoksessa kudoksissa
elative kudoksesta kudoksista
illative kudokseen kudoksiin
adessive kudoksella kudoksilla
ablative kudokselta kudoksilta
allative kudokselle kudoksille
essive kudoksena kudoksina
translative kudokseksi kudoksiksi
instructive kudoksin
abessive kudoksetta kudoksitta
comitative kudoksineen
Possessive forms of kudos (type vastaus)
possessor singular plural
1st person kudokseni kudoksemme
2nd person kudoksesi kudoksenne
3rd person kudoksensa

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