Definition of laurel
1 : an evergreen shrub or tree (Laurus nobilis of the family Lauraceae, the laurel family) of southern Europe with small yellow flowers, fruits that are ovoid blackish berries, and evergreen foliage once used by the ancient Greeks to crown victors in the Pythian games —called also bay, sweet bay
2 : a tree or shrub that resembles the true laurel; especially : mountain laurel
3a : a crown of laurel awarded as an honorb : a recognition of achievement : honor —usually used in plural
Examples of laurel in a Sentence
They enjoyed the laurels of their military victory.
The player earned his laurels from years of hard work.
Recent Examples of laurel from the Web
But even if the Islamic State is losing, nobody ought to rest on their laurels.
But people in counties that may see a spike in GDP should not rest on their laurels, researchers say.
Paragas picked up All-CIF Southern Section Division 1, first-team All-Orange County and first-team All-Pacific Coast League laurels.
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Allen didn't rest on his laurels or draft position either.
Mountain laurel: The flowering branches from this shrub typically grow in the eastern half of the U.S.
The landscape is among the most representative of Europe, with temperate forests with evergreen laurel undergrowth.
True Laurels has undoubtedly evolved since then, becoming a more planned production with colorful images of local notables, artists and up-and-comers.
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Origin and Etymology of laurel
Middle English lorel, in part from Medieval Latin laureola spurge laurel (from Latin, laurel sprig), in part modification of Anglo-French lorer, from Old French lor laurel, from Latin laurus
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of laurel
: to deck or crown with laurel
First Known Use of laurel
Definition of Laurel
Stan 1890–1965 born Arthur Stanley Jefferson British comic actor in U.S.
LAUREL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of laurel for English Language Learners
: an evergreen tree or bush with shiny pointed leaves
laurels : honor or fame given for some achievement
LAUREL Defined for Kids
Definition of laurel for Students
1 : a small evergreen European tree with shiny pointed leaves used in ancient times to crown victors (as in sports)
2 : a tree or shrub (as the American mountain laurel) that resembles the European laurel
3 : a crown of laurel used as a mark of honor
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