ku·​dos | \ ˈkü-ˌdäs How to pronounce kudos (audio) , ˈkyü-, -ˌdōs\

Definition of kudos

1 : praise given for achievement
2 : fame and renown resulting from an act or achievement : prestige

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Examples of kudos in a Sentence

Kudos to everyone who helped. The company has earned kudos for responding so quickly to customers' concerns.

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New York is now leading the conversations around runway diversity (Rachel Comey gets high marks for this) and sustainability (kudos to Gabriela Hearst for alerting us to the work of Our Children’s Trust). Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 The questionably relevant kudos, which limped off of CBS in 2017 after viewership hit an all-time low, were heralded by E! Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside NBCU's Upfront: Facebook Shade, Seth Meyers' Snark and a Dancing J-Lo," 14 May 2018 Better late than never, however, and the LPGA Tour deserves kudos for finally making the move. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "LPGA Announces New 'Q-Series' Format, and It Makes a Whole Lot of Sense," 11 Apr. 2018 Look at how HQ Trivia has been blowing up online, even as the kudos fests have been tanking. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Hate the Grammys? The Oscars? So, it seems, does everybody," 2 Feb. 2018 Well, kudos to Bevan Dufty, the former city supervisor turned member of the BART Board of Directors. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yes, Civic Center trees are dressed in knitted octopuses. Is there a problem?," 21 Oct. 2017 Steven Parks, Granite Bay Sacramento County Master Gardener Carmen Schindler: Your wife gets the kudos for being correct. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Spray or drip irrigation: Which way is best for your garden?," 20 Oct. 2017 Fox will be hoping the novelty factor plus the kudos in being on the press release about a new ad tactic will encourage brands to jump in. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Fox To Debut Six-Second TV Ads; P&G Fires Back at Peltz; Facebook Building Hardware," 2 Aug. 2017 Vernon Hills Sunnyvale The Sunnyvale City Council deserves kudos for one of their recent actions with respect to trying to address the shortage of affordable housing in Sunnyvale. Mercury News Readers, The Mercury News, "March 10 Letters: Trump learned McCarthyism from the master," 9 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of kudos

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for kudos

Greek kydos

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English Language Learners Definition of kudos

informal : praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved

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