noun lau·rel \ˈlr-əl, ˈlär-\

: an evergreen tree or bush with shiny pointed leaves

laurels : honor or fame given for some achievement

Full Definition of LAUREL

:  an evergreen shrub or tree (Laurus nobilis of the family Lauraceae, the laurel family) of southern Europe with small yellow flowers, fruits that are ovoid blackish berries, and evergreen foliage once used by the ancient Greeks to crown victors in the Pythian games —called also bay, sweet bay
:  a tree or shrub that resembles the true laurel; especially :  mountain laurel
a :  a crown of laurel awarded as an honor
b :  a recognition of achievement :  honor —usually used in plural

Examples of LAUREL

  1. They enjoyed the laurels of their military victory.
  2. The player earned his laurels from years of hard work.

Illustration of LAUREL

Origin of LAUREL

Middle English lorel, in part from Medieval Latin laureola spurge laurel (from Latin, laurel sprig), in part modification of Anglo-French lorer, from Old French lor laurel, from Latin laurus
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with LAUREL


laureled or laurelledlaurel·ing or laurel·ling

Definition of LAUREL

transitive verb
:  to deck or crown with laurel

First Known Use of LAUREL



biographical name Lau·rel \ˈlr-əl, ˈlär-\

Definition of LAUREL

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LAUREL Defined for Kids


noun lau·rel \ˈlr-əl\

Definition of LAUREL for Kids

:  a small evergreen European tree with shiny pointed leaves used in ancient times to crown victors (as in sports)
:  a tree or shrub (as the American mountain laurel) that resembles the European laurel
:  a crown of laurel used as a mark of honor
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