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poet laureate

noun

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. 1 :  a poet honored for achievement

  2. 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. 3 :  one regarded by a country or region as its most eminent or representative poet

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