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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