ku·​do | \ˈkü-(ˌ)dō, ˈkyü-\
plural kudos\ˈkü-​(ˌ)dōz, 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

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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

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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 But Thompson deserves kudos for not keeping up with the Kardashians' usual non-stop news cycle. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Tristan Thompson (yes, Tristan Thompson) came to Cleveland Cavaliers' rescue: Bill Livingston," 30 Apr. 2018 Though, kudos, to whoever was able to snag this little bachelor pad. Taylor Jade Powell, Cincinnati.com, "3 headlines: Cincy's most expensive home, Chucky the groundhog and zoo animals keep cool," 3 July 2018 Spacey's tone-deaf, wink-wink closet jokes went down as an all-time low in the history of an entertainment-industry kudos-cast that has long been a meeting point for LGBTQ pride. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 72nd Annual Tony Awards: TV Review," 11 June 2018 And that, in part, is what’s so cool about the kudos given out to the rapper born Kendrick Lamar Duckworth. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Why Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize matters," 16 Apr. 2018 Tonight the kudos were equally effusive, as the judges tossed verbal bouquets in response to Posey's duet with Blacc. Mary Colurso, AL.com, "'American Idol' 2018: Did Alabama's Dominique Posey make the top 14?," 9 Apr. 2018 But kudos to Mexico’s National Electoral Institute, which handled 157,000 polling stations and some nine million more registered voters than in 2012. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Left Turn in Mexico," 1 July 2018 Big kudos to the 400 AbbVie employees who came out to get this done in one day despite the weather. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Volunteers build new playground in North Chicago," 24 June 2018

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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)

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