laurel

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English[edit]

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Laurus nobilis

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lorrer, Anglo-Norman lorer, from Old French lorier, from lor, from Latin laurus (laurel).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlɒɹ.əl/, /ˈlɔːɹ.əl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlɔɹ.əl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒɹəl

Noun[edit]

laurel (countable and uncountable, plural laurels)

  1. An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus, having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils.
  2. A crown of laurel.
  3. (figuratively, chiefly in the plural) Honor, distinction, fame.
    to win laurels; to crown with laurels
  4. (historical) An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The name is extended to other plants which in some respect resemble the true laurel.

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Verb[edit]

laurel (third-person singular simple present laurels, present participle laureling or laurelling, simple past and past participle laureled or laurelled)

  1. (transitive) To decorate with laurel, especially with a laurel wreath.
    • 2014, Cayden Carrico, A Nocturne of Echoes, →ISBN, page 32:
      Windows peered from the spaces between the columns, which rose to hold up the large portico laureling the home with chiseled, decorative wreaths and curving spirals.
  2. (transitive) To enwreathe.
    • 2013, John Hornor Jacobs, The Twelve-Fingered Boy, →ISBN, page 161:
      It wasn't hot this late in the year, and the sun was low in the southern sky, bracketed by pines and nearly hidden by a tree line laureling a trailer park.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To award top honours.
    • 1866, Archibald Fergusson, The crusher' and the Cross, page 149:
      In this regiment there was a young corporal, a native of Little K . He was laurelled and decorated more than many of his companions, for he excelled them all in courage, coolness, and daring. In one thing more he also excelled them — he was cruel, he was dissipated, and he was vicious in his tastes.
    • 1927, John Mackinnon Robertson, Modern humanists reconsidered, page 29:
      Not in any vision of that order did he figure for most of the admirers who laurelled him on his eightieth birthday and the few who go on laurelling him still.
    • 2010, Andrew Rawnsley, The End of the Party, →ISBN:
      He was laurelled in admiring headlines from both left and right.
    • 2017, George William Rutler, Cloud of Witnesses: Dead People I Knew When They Were Alive, →ISBN:
      In 1973, the modern papist missionary was laurelled an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the institution founded by a Congregationalist missionary to the Indians of the northern wilds.

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Etymology[edit]

Via Old Occitan laurier, ultimately from Latin laurus (laurel).

Noun[edit]

laurel m (plural laureles)

  1. (botany) laurel

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