poet laureate

noun

Definition of poet laureate

plural poets laureate or poet laureates
1 :a poet honored for achievement
2 a :a poet appointed for life by an English sovereign as a member of the royal household and formerly expected to compose poems for court and national occasions
b :a poet appointed annually by the U.S. Library of Congress as a consultant and typically involved in the promotion of poetry
3 :one regarded by a country or region as its most eminent or representative poet

First Known Use of poet laureate

15th century


POET LAUREATE Defined for English Language Learners

poet laureate

noun

Definition of poet laureate for English Language Learners

  • : a poet who is honored by being chosen for an official position by a ruler or government


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