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 Health experts say the kudos belongs to both administrations: Trump for aggressively developing a vaccine and Biden for rolling it out. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: Census. Congress. COVID.," 28 Apr. 2021 That close-up profile shot of Lale and Sean in front of the burning money and cereal boxes was very beautiful and ominous; kudos to director Corin Hardy, who helms four episodes this season. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, "Gangs of London Recap: Rival Interests," 25 Apr. 2021 Milan gets the kudos as Italy's most bike-friendly big city. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Stocks up, crypto down—Bitcoin’s weekend sell-off rattles the markets," 19 Apr. 2021 Barnes: First off, kudos to Mark and Jeff for that great story and getting reactions. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA Roundtable: Play-in games will add suspense and intrigue at end of grueling season," 23 Apr. 2021 McKinney is getting kudos and $310,000 in recognition of its continued focus on community improvement. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "McKinney awarded $310K for landscaping improvements," 23 Apr. 2021 So kudos to the community theater for daring to head to that famous ball and take on this beast of a show. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "A rough road to the ball can’t fully snuff out the sparkle of ‘Cinderella’ | Review," 18 Apr. 2021 So kudos on Northwest Arkansas Community College for pouncing on this opportunity. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Smart planning," 17 Apr. 2021 Still, kudos to the Hispanic caucus for doing this. Los Angeles Times, "Latinx Files: Do these Latinx movies deserve to be in the National Film Registry?," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Kudos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kudos. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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