LAUREATE, POET

LAUREATE, POET
   originally an officer of the royal household whose business it was to celebrate in an ode any joyous occasion connected with royalty, originally the sovereign's birthday; it is now a mere honour bestowed by royalty on an eminent poet.

The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. . 1907.

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  • poet laureate — po′et lau′reate n. pl. poets laureate 1) pro (in Great Britain) a poet appointed for life as an officer of the royal household 2) pro a poet recognized as the most eminent of a country or locality 3) pro+lit. (in the U.S.) a poet appointed for a… …   From formal English to slang

  • poet laureate — official poet of the royal household who was formerly expected to write poems and songs for royal events (Britain); poet appointed national laureate poet for one year (USA); famous poet …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Poet laureate — (von lat. poeta laureatus = lorbeergekrönter Dichter) ist im Vereinigten Königreich und den USA ein jeweils von Staats wegen besonders ausgezeichneter Dichter. Die Bezeichnung kommt aus der antiken Tradition, hervorragende Dichter mit einem… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Poet Laureate — (von lat. poeta laureatus = lorbeergekrönter Dichter) ist im Vereinigten Königreich und den USA ein jeweils von Staats wegen besonders ausgezeichneter Dichter. Die Bezeichnung kommt aus der antiken Tradition, hervorragende Dichter mit einem… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Poet laureate — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poet — (n.) early 14c., a poet, a singer (c.1200 as a surname), from O.Fr. poete (12c.), from L. poeta poet, author, from Gk. poetes maker, author, poet, from poiein to make, create, compose, from PIE *kwoiwo making, from root *kwei to pile up, build,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Poet laureate — Poet Po et, n. [F. po[ e]te, L. po[ e]ta, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to make. Cf. {Poem}.] One skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poet laureate — n. pl. poets laureate or poet laureates 1. the court poet of England, appointed for life by the monarch, traditionally to write poems celebrating official occasions, national events, etc. 2. the official or most respected poet of any specific… …   English World dictionary

  • poet laureate — plural poets laureate n a poet who is chosen by a king, queen, president etc to write poems on important national occasions …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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