from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A poet appointed for life by a British monarch as a member of the royal household and expected to write poems celebrating occasions of national importance and honoring the royal family.
- n. A poet appointed to a similar honorary position or honored for artistic excellence.
- n. A poet acclaimed as the most excellent or most representative of a locality or group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A poet officially appointed by a government, often expected to compose poems for state occasions and other government events
- n. 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
- n. 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. A poet who has been publicly recognized as the most pre-eminent poet of a country or region.
- n. See under Laureate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the poet officially appointed to the royal household in Great Britain
- n. a poet who is unofficially regarded as holding an honorary position in a particular group or region
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Decades later, known as Amiri Baraka, Jones became the poet laureate of New Jersey.
When Masefield died in May after being poet laureate for thirty-seven years, many said that in the late 1960s the whole idea of an official poet was old-fashioned.