Simple Definition of laurel
: an evergreen tree or bush with shiny pointed leaves
laurels : honor or fame given for some achievement
Full Definition of laurel
1 : 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
2 : a tree or shrub that resembles the true laurel; especially : mountain laurel
3 a : a crown of laurel awarded as an honor b : a recognition of achievement : honor —usually used in plural
Examples of laurel
They enjoyed the laurels of their military victory.
The player earned his laurels from years of hard work.
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
Definition of laurel
laureled or laurelledlaurel·ing or laurel·ling
: to deck or crown with laurel
First Known Use of laurel
Definition of Laurel
Stan 1890–1965 born Arthur Stanley Jefferson British comic actor in United States
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