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
Recent Examples on the Web
Reviewers laud the super speedy delivery, the fun unboxing experience, and the high-quality, healthy materials. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Nov. 2023 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his Belgium counterpart, Alexander De Croo, lauded the temporary cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and called for it to be made permanent. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 While back at the Ed Sullivan Theater, the former host lauded Colbert for the work he's done running CBS' late-night show. David K. Li, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2023 Those who tried the glasses at the launch lauded the devices before veering into self-deprecating jokes about fashion mishaps. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 And, in a country lauded for its climate resilience, Lamia as a climate migrant is part of a generation whose lives demonstrate the adaptation required to face the crisis. Melanie Stetson Freeman, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Nov. 2023 The decision marks another high point for a biotechnology that has regularly been lauded as revolutionary in the decade since its discovery. Nature Magazine, Scientific American, 16 Nov. 2023 De Alba has been lauded for her pro bono work and for establishing a Workers’ Rights Clinic that provides low-income and unemployed people free information about their legal rights related to work in California. Alejandra Molina, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 The racing star has also been lauded for championing causes like LGBTQ rights, environmental protections and social justice. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023
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 Mainstream platforms and public health leaders continue to ask us to ignore the evidence and laud as exceptional Israel’s public health gains. Osaid Alser, Scientific American, 27 May 2021 The young priests rise by 6 a.m. each day and gather in the chapel to sing lauds, a morning prayer to praise God as the sun rises. Washington Post, 24 May 2017 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Laud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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Biographical Definition


biographical name

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

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