kudo

noun
ku·​do | \ ˈkü-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce kudo (audio) , ˈkyü-\
plural kudos\ ˈkü-​(ˌ)dōz How to pronounce kudos (audio) , ˈkyü-​ \

Definition of kudo

1 : award, honor a score of honorary degrees and … other kudosTime
2 : compliment, praise rarely hear that kind of kudo to men anymore— Ellen Goodman

Keep scrolling for more

Is kudo a word?: Usage Guide

Some commentators hold that since kudos is a singular word it cannot be used as a plural and that the word kudo is impossible. But kudo does exist; it is simply one of the most recent words created by back-formation from another word misunderstood as a plural. Kudos was introduced into English in the 19th century; it was used in contexts where a reader unfamiliar with Greek could not be sure whether it was singular or plural. By the 1920s it began to appear as a plural, and about 25 years later kudo began to appear. It may have begun as a misunderstanding, but then so did cherry and pea.

Examples of kudo in a Sentence

an honorary degree from her alma mater that is simply the latest kudo for an outstanding career in journalism a kudo is in order for the way the young people acquitted themselves at their first formal dance

Recent Examples on the Web

By the way, kudos on the flower-petal jeans and headband. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justina Machado Is One of the Most Dynamic Actresses on TV," 8 Feb. 2019 Lee Bankston started the restaurant in December 2016 after getting kudos from friends and family about her tasty biscuits and other home-style fare. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Taking I-35 south for spring break? Try these Waco dining spots, skip 'Fixer Upper' lines | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 Mar. 2018 The experience already is winning kudos from Ford employees, but people are wondering about parking in the area. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Exclusive: Bill Ford shares vision for Corktown," 17 June 2018 Because of all that, the reaction to his every move is intensified: The criticism, the kudos and all that lies in between. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 Power Rankings Week 6: Huskies-Ducks will be a battle of 1 vs. 2 in Eugene," 8 Oct. 2018 Likewise, kudos to 38-year-old Venus Williams for shaking off a dodgy first set and beating Johanna Larsson of Sweden. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts From Day One of Wimbledon," 2 July 2018 College kudos - Congratulations to Olmsted Township resident Christopher DeShields who graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in music performance. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To Cleveland.com., cleveland.com, "Art creativity thrives in Olmsted Falls schools and community: Olmsted Dates and Data," 14 May 2018 The moment could have ended with social media kudos, but Gray saved her best moves for the big show. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Even Supermodels Were Impressed by Catriona Gray’s “Lava Walk”," 17 Dec. 2018 Special thanks and kudos go to senior multimedia designer Bill Schulz for finding many of the gems in the Journal Sentinel photo archives. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The first Greater Milwaukee Open PGA golf tournament, in 1968, also was nearly the last," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kudo.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of kudo

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kudo

back-formation from kudos (taken as a plural)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about kudo

Dictionary Entries near kudo

kuchen

Kuching

kudize

kudo

kudos

kudu

Kudus

Statistics for kudo

Last Updated

18 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for kudo

The first known use of kudo was in 1926

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on kudo

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for kudo

Comments on kudo

What made you want to look up kudo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!