1 of 2


lauded; lauding; lauds

transitive verb

: praise, extol
He was lauded for his accomplishments.


2 of 2


lauds or Lauds plural in form but singular or plural in construction : an office of solemn praise to God forming with matins (see matins sense 1) the first of the canonical hours (see canonical hour sense 2)
: praise, acclaim
all glory, laud and honor to TheeJ. M. Neale

Examples of laud in a Sentence

Verb He was much lauded as a successful businessman. the critics have lauded the best-selling author's newest novel Noun an actor who in his lifetime received all the laud and honor that the theater world could bestow
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One culprit is California’s ultra-progressive state income tax that Newsom lauds. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2023 To — gulp — laud Rob Manfred for bringing life back to the game? Evan Grant, Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for laud 

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Word History



Latin laudare, from laud-, laus


Middle English laudes (plural), from Medieval Latin, from Latin, plural of laud-, laus praise

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of laud was in the 14th century

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“Laud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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Biographical Definition


biographical name

William 1573–1645 English prelate; archbishop of Canterbury (1633–45)
Laudian adjective

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