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poet laureate definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a poet who is unofficially regarded as holding an honorary position in a particular group or region; "she is the poet laureate of all lyricists"; "he is the poet laureate of Arkansas"
2: the poet officially appointed to the royal household in Great Britain; "the poet laureate is expected to provide poems for great national occasions"

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural poets laureate or poet laureates) Date: 15th century 1. a poet honored for achievement in his or her art 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 United States 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

Britannica Concise

Title first granted in England for poetic excellence. Begun in 1616, the office was formally established in 1668 and has been continuous since then. Its holder, a salaried member of the British royal household, was formerly expected to compose poems for court or national occasions, but since the appointment of W. Wordsworth in 1843 the office has been a reward for eminence in poetry and has carried no specific duties. In 1985 the U.S. government created the title of poet laureate, to be held by the consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Laureate Lau"re*ate, a. [L. laureatus, fr. laurea laurel tree, fr. laureus of laurel, fr. laurus laurel: cf. F. laur['e]at. Cf. Laurel.] Crowned, or decked, with laurel. --Chaucer. To strew the laureate hearse where Lycid lies. --Milton. Soft on her lap her laureate son reclines. --Pope. Poet laureate. (b) One who received an honorable degree in grammar, including poetry and rhetoric, at the English universities; -- so called as being presented with a wreath of laurel. [Obs.] (b) Formerly, an officer of the king's household, whose business was to compose an ode annually for the king's birthday, and other suitable occasions; now, a poet officially distinguished by such honorary title, the office being a sinecure. It is said this title was first given in the time of Edward IV. [Eng.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Poet Po"et, n. [F. po["e]te, L. po["e]ta, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to make. Cf. Poem.] One skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer. The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven. --Shak. A poet is a maker, as the word signifies. --Dryden. Poet laureate. See under Laureate.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(poet laureates, or poets laureate) The poet laureate is the official poet of a country. In Britain the poet laureate is paid by the government for the rest of their life. In the United States they are paid for a fixed period. N-COUNT: usu the N

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