poet laureate

plural poets laureate or poet laureates

Definition of poet laureate

1 : a poet honored for achievement
2a : 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

Examples of poet laureate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joy Harjo, recently appointed to a second term as U.S. poet laureate. oregonlive, "5 exciting authors coming to Portland for the 2020-21 Arts & Lectures series," 9 May 2020 Valerie Macon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Joy Harjo has been appointed to a second term as the nation’s poet laureate, the Library of Congress announced on Thursday. New York Times, "Joy Harjo Is Named U.S. Poet Laureate for a Second Term," 30 Apr. 2020 Joy Harjo was named to a second term as U.S. poet laureate. Fortune, "What it takes to lead the U.S.’s biggest car rental company through a pandemic," 1 May 2020 As poet laureate, Mojgani will receive an annual honorarium of $15,000 and an annual travel subsidy of up to $10,000. oregonlive, "Oregon’s new poet laureate, Anis Mojgani, has long history of bringing poetry to the public (Q&A)," 28 Apr. 2020 Stafford, 70, was born in Portland and is the son of William Stafford, who served as Oregon’s poet laureate from 1975 to 1990. The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, "for the," 15 Mar. 2020 From the former poet laureate Billy Collins: Enjoy the cruise, friends. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Chuck Machock was a coach, shrink and is in the local radio pantheon," 6 Jan. 2020 Jerry was an avid painter, Faxon poet in West Hartford and poet laureate in Key West. courant.com, "Jerome E. Howard," 17 Nov. 2019 Here the obvious comparison is to the neurologist and prolific writer Oliver Sacks, often described as the poet laureate of medicine. Christine Kenneally, New York Times, "Three New Books Explore the Machinery of the Mind," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of poet laureate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Poet laureate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poet%20laureate. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poet laureate

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

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