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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Deriving from Greek, kudos entered English as slang popular at British universities in the 19th century. In its earliest use, the word referred to the prestige or renown that one gained by having accomplished something noteworthy. The sense meaning "praise given for achievement" came about in the 1920s. As this later sense became the predominant one, some English speakers, unaware of the word's Greek origin, began to treat the word as a plural count noun, inevitably coming up with the back-formation kudo to refer to a single instance of praise. For the same reason, when kudos is used as a subject you may see it with either a singular or plural verb.

Examples of kudos in a Sentence

Kudos to everyone who helped. The company has earned kudos for responding so quickly to customers' concerns.
Recent Examples on the Web These are not mutually exclusive flavors of storytelling, of course, and kudos to Waititi and co-writer Jennifer Kaitin Robinson for aiming for heart and not simply the stoking the dopamine centers. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 July 2022 Not one designer raised their practices as an achievement worthy of green kudos. Margaret Zhang, Vogue, 13 June 2022 More about the MG ZS EV later, which is earning kudos in the market for its good value, comprehensive equipment, solid build and 7 year/80,000 mile warranty. Neil Winton, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Country fans offered truckloads of praise for Brooks and his performance, along with kudos for the stadium, via email and Facebook. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 9 June 2022 Herta claimed to have no idea who pulled of the prank but gave kudos to the person who did. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2022 And 2013 did indeed begin with a blank slate, giving kudos to the theory that Bertelsmann nabbed the money. Jamie Fewery, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 In particular, there has been kudos for the film's direction and story — meaning that, much like Hamaguchi, the writer-director could be looking at dual nods among the increasingly worldwide scope of the Academy's directing and writing branches. Ew Staff, EW.com, 13 June 2022 Hiking with a toddler or a young child seemed selfish, something done more for online kudos than family care. Outside Online, 13 June 2022 See More

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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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19 Jul 2022

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“Kudos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kudos. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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