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poet laureate

poet laureate

noun

: a poet who is honored by being chosen for an official position by a ruler or government

plural poets laureate or poet laureates

Full Definition of POET LAUREATE

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

First Known Use of POET LAUREATE

15th century

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