from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To crown with laurel.
- transitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 sweet bay.
- 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.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Middle English lorrer, Anglo-Norman lorer, from Old French lorier, from lor, from Latin laurus ("laurel"). (Wiktionary)