Simple Definition of poet laureate
: a poet who is honored by being chosen for an official position by a ruler or government
Full Definition of poet laureate
plural poets laureate or poet laureates
1 : a poet honored for achievement
2 a : a poet appointed for life by an English sovereign as a member of the royal household and formerly expected to compose poems for court and national occasions b : a poet appointed annually by the United States Library of Congress as a consultant and typically involved in the promotion of poetry
3 : one regarded by a country or region as its most eminent or representative poet
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