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 for laureate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Laureate \Lau"re*ate\, n.
     1. One crowned with laurel; a poet laureate. "A learned
        laureate." --Cleveland.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A person who has been presented with an award for some
        distinguished achievement; as, a Nobel laureate; the Pris
        de Rome laureate; the Music Director Laureate; the
        conductor laureate.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Laureate \Lau"re*ate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Laureated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Laureating.]
     To honor with a wreath of laurel, as formerly was done in
     bestowing a degree at the English universities.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Laureate \Lau"re*ate\, a. [L. laureatus, fr. laurea laurel tree,
     fr. laureus of laurel, fr. laurus laurel: cf. F. laur['e]at.
     Cf. Laurel.]
     Crowned, or decked, with laurel. --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           To strew the laureate hearse where Lycid lies.
                                                    --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Soft on her lap her laureate son reclines. --Pope.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Poet laureate.
     (b) One who received an honorable degree in grammar,
         including poetry and rhetoric, at the English
         universities; -- so called as being presented with a
         wreath of laurel. [Obs.]
     (b) Formerly, an officer of the king's household, whose
         business was to compose an ode annually for the king's
         birthday, and other suitable occasions; now, a poet
         officially distinguished by such honorary title, the
         office being a sinecure. It is said this title was first
         given in the time of Edward IV. [Eng.]
     (c) A poet who has been publicly recognized as the most
         pre-eminent poet of a country or region; as, the poet
         laureate of the United States.
         [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  laureate
      adj 1: worthy of the greatest honor or distinction; "The
             nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down
             his black bag"- James Traub
      n 1: someone honored for great achievements; figuratively
           someone crowned with a laurel wreath

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  79 Moby Thesaurus words for "laureate":
     A per se, Meistersinger, Olympic medal winner, Parnassian, ace,
     arch-poet, award winner, ballad maker, balladmonger, bard,
     beat poet, boss, bucoliast, champ, champion, chief, commander,
     crowned with laurel, dean, distinguished, elegist, epic poet, fili,
     fugleman, genius, head, higher-up, honored, idyllist, imagist,
     jongleur, leader, librettist, major poet, maker, master, medalist,
     minnesinger, minor poet, minstrel, modernist, nonpareil,
     occasional poet, odist, paragon, pastoral poet, pastoralist, poet,
     poet laureate, poetress, principal, prizeman, prizetaker,
     prizewinner, prodigy, rhapsode, rhapsodist, ruler, satirist, scop,
     senior, skald, sonneteer, star, superior, superman, superstar,
     symbolist, the greatest, the most, top dog, troubadour, trouveur,
     trovatore, vers libriste, vers-librist, virtuoso, world champion,
     world-record holder
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  LAUREATE, adj.  Crowned with leaves of the laurel.  In England the
  Poet Laureate is an officer of the sovereign's court, acting as
  dancing skeleton at every royal feast and singing-mute at every royal
  funeral.  Of all incumbents of that high office, Robert Southey had
  the most notable knack at drugging the Samson of public joy and
  cutting his hair to the quick; and he had an artistic color-sense
  which enabled him so to blacken a public grief as to give it the
  aspect of a national crime.
  

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