American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Mediterranean evergreen tree (Laurus nobilis) having aromatic, simple leaves and small blackish berries. Also called bay5, bay laurel, sweet bay.
- n. A shrub or tree, such as the mountain laurel, having a similar aroma or leaf shape.
- n. A wreath of laurel conferred as a mark of honor in ancient times upon poets, heroes, and victors in athletic contests. Often used in the plural.
- n. Honor and glory won for great achievement. Often used in the plural.
- v. To crown with laurel.
- v. To honor, especially with an award or a prize.
- idiom. rest on (one's) laurels To rely on one's past achievements instead of working to maintain or advance one's status or reputation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bay-tree or bay-laurel, Laurus nobilis. This is the true laurel of the ancients and the poets.
- n. Any species of the genus Laurus.
- n. Any one of many diverse plants whose leaves suggest those of the true laurel. In English gardens the common laurel, or cherry-laurel, more properly laurel-cherry, is Prunus Lauro-Cerasus (see
cherry); the Portugal laurel is P. Lusitanica. The copse-, spurge-, or wood-laurel of England is Daphne Laureola. American laurel is the genus Kalmia, including the mountain-laurel of the eastern United States (K. latifolia), the lambkill or sheep-laurel (K. angustifolia), and the pale laurel or swamp-laurel (K. glauca). (See cut under Kalmia.) The great laurel of the same region is the rosebay, Rhododendron maximum; and the ground-laurel is the trailing arbutus, Epigœa repens. (See cut under Epigœa.) The white laurel, another swamp-laurel, of the Atlantic coast and the South, is Magnolia glauca, also called sweetbay. Further south the big laurel, or bull-bay, is Magnolia grandiflora. The Carolina cherry-laurel is Prunus Caroliniana. The California laurel or bay-tree, the mountain-laurel of the West, is Umbellularia Californica. The West Indian laurel is Prunus occidentalis; the seaside laurel of the same locality comprises Phyllanthus latifolius, P. falcatus, and P. linearis. The Japanese laurel, cultivated in several varieties, is Aucuba Japonica of the dogwood family. The Tasmanian laurel is Anopterus glandulosus.
- n. A crown of laurel; hence, honors acquired; claims to or tokens of distinction or glory: often in the plural: as, to win laurels in battle.
- n. An English gold coin worth 20 shillings, or about 5 dollars, first issued in 1619 by James I.: so called because the head of the king was wreathed with laurel, and not crowned, as on earlier English coins. It was also called broad, unite, and jacobus. See cut under broad, n.
- n. A salmon which has remained in fresh water during the summer.
- Pertaining to or consisting of laurel: as, a laurel wreath.
- n. In Porto Rico, Mexico, and Central America, a name applied to many species of Ocoted, Damburneya, and allied genera of Lauraceæ; especially, in Porto Rico, to Ocotea fœniculacea, O. floribunda, Damburneya Sintenisii (Nectandra Sintenisii of Mez), D. Krugii (Nectandra Krugii of Mez), and D. coriacea (Nectandra coriacea of Grisebach).
- n. The Victorian laurel, Pittosporum undulatum. Also called mock-orange.
- n. A tree of the ginseng family, Polyscias elegans, yielding a light, soft wood. Also called white sycamore.
- n. The American laurel.
- n. The oleander.
- n. The laurel-magnolia, Magnolia Virginiana.
- To crown with, or as with, laurel as a distinction.
- n. An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus, having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils.
- n. A crown of laurel.
- n. figuratively honor, distinction, fame.
- n. An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus (Laurus nobilis), having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils; -- called also
- n. A crown of laurel; hence, honor; distinction; fame; -- especially in the plural.
- n. An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel.
- n. United States slapstick comedian (born in England) who played the scatterbrained and often tearful member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1890-1965)
- n. (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory
- n. any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family
- From Middle English lorrer, Anglo-Norman lorer, from Old French lorier, from lor, from Latin laurus ("laurel"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French laureole, from Latin laureola, diminutive of laurea, laurel tree; see laureate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The laurel tree was his personal emblem, as the word laurel and the Latin version of his name, Laurentius, had the same root.”
“Upon enquiring our way he kindly volunteered to take us across what he called the laurel swamp and the old mill dam: which he said would be impossible without a guide.”
“I do not think the need of revisal of our present scientific classification could be more clearly demonstrated than by the fact that laurels and roses are confused, even by Dr. Lindley, in the mind of his feminine readers; the English word laurel, in the index to his first volume of Ladies 'Botany, referring them to the cherries, under which the common laurel is placed as' Prunus Laurocerasus, 'while the true laurel,' Laurus nobilis, 'must be found in the index of the second volume, under the Latin form' Laurus. ”
“I could tell that they were seeing the rod flick and spooking even when I was up against mountain laurel on the bank.”
“Further up, a stream jumped and tumbled over and between mossy rocks, its sounds muffled by the banks of rhododendron and mountain laurel that clustered round it.”
“The firing direction points only to impassible tangles of mountain laurel and hummocky swamp behind my earth filled 55 gallon drums for backstop.”
“This is from the 2008 season, after tracking a bear for three hours across various ridges and thick mountain laurel patches.”
“(In the picture you can also see my little Kalmia mountain laurel ‘Minuet.’)”
“One morning, just at daylight, she was sitting on a hillside under a huge mountain laurel, and heard something breathing .... it was a doe on the other side of the laurel!”
“Per your ridiculous scenario, I'd choose a sweet evening tea of mountain laurel (abundant outside my door) with fond embrace of the children you'd torture if you could get hold of them, whisperings of "I Love You" – more than life itself.”
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