laurels

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laurels

  1. plural form of laurel
    Two mountain laurels were in bloom.
  2. Honors. From the Ancient Greek practice of crowning victors with a branch from the laurel bush, sacred to Apollo.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Affair at the Novelty Theatre[1]:
      Miss Phyllis Morgan, as the hapless heroine dressed in the shabbiest of clothes, appears in the midst of a gay and giddy throng; she apostrophises all and sundry there, including the villain, and has a magnificent scene which always brings down the house, and nightly adds to her histrionic laurels.

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