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Nobel prize definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: an annual award for outstanding contributions to chemistry or physics or physiology and medicine or literature or economics or peace

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1900 any of various annual prizes (as in peace, literature, medicine) established by the will of Alfred Nobel for the encouragement of persons who work for the interests of humanity called also Nobel

Britannica Concise

Any of the prizes awarded annually by four institutions (three Swedish and one Norwegian) from a fund established under the will of A. B. Nobel. The will specified that awards should be given "to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind." Since 1901, prizes have been awarded for physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace; since 1969, a sixth prize, established by the Bank of Sweden, has been awarded in economic sciences. They are regarded as the most prestigious prizes in the world.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. any of six international prizes awarded annually for physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, economics, and the promotion of peace. Etymology: Alfred Nobel (d. 1896), Swedish chemist and engineer, who endowed them

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(Nobel Prizes) A Nobel Prize is one of a set of prizes that are awarded each year to people who have done important work in science, literature, or economics, or for world peace. ...the Nobel Prize for literature. N-COUNT: oft N for n



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