from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give praise to; glorify. See Synonyms at praise.
  • n. Praise; glorification.
  • n. A hymn or song of praise.
  • n. Ecclesiastical The service of prayers following the matins and constituting with them the first of the seven canonical hours.
  • n. The time appointed for this service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. praise or glorification
  • n. hymn of praise
  • n. a prayer service following matins
  • v. to praise, to glorify

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. High commendation; praise; honor; exaltation; glory.
  • n. A part of divine worship, consisting chiefly of praise; -- usually in the pl.
  • n. Music or singing in honor of any one.
  • intransitive v. To praise in words alone, or with words and singing; to celebrate; to extol.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To praise in words; speak or sing in praise of; especially, to extol or praise highly: as, to laud one to the skies.
  • n. Praise; commendation; honorable mention.
  • n. That part of divine worship which consists in praise.
  • n. Music or a song in praise or honor of any one.
  • n. plural In the Roman Catholic Church, and in the Anglican Ch. as a monastic or devotional office, a religious service, forming, in combination with matins, the first of the seven canonical hours: so called from the reiterated ascriptions of praise to God in the last of the psalms (cxlviii., cxlix., cl.) which it contains. The usage in the Greek church is similar. See canonical hours, under canonical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. praise, glorify, or honor


Middle English lauden, from Old French lauder, from Latin laudāre, from laus, laud-, praise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French lauder, from Latin laudō, from laus ("praise, glory, fame, renown"). (Wiktionary)



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