kudos

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Kampus kudos: Several local residents and/or Olmsted Falls High School grads were named to the Baldwin Wallace University Dean’s List for the fall semester. cleveland, "Folks were just chili’n at the annual Cook Off: Olmsted Dates and Data," 23 Jan. 2020 If nothing else, the neo-noir mystery deserves some sort of kudos for having the most brain-twisting reveal in recent memory. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The best and worst Matthew McConaughey movies, definitively ranked (including 'The Gentlemen')," 23 Jan. 2020 Simple ingredients — butter, sugar, cream and nutmeg — have earned this pie kudos from Oprah, People and Country Living magazines. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "A dozen of the best Thanksgiving pies you can buy around Indianapolis," 18 Nov. 2019 One more kudos: Congratulations – one more time -- to the Padua Franciscan High School volleyball team, which recently earned a top ranking for the first time in school history. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship applications accepted: Sun Postings," 1 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Kudos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kudos. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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kudos

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How to pronounce kudos (audio)

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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