from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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.
- noun A poet appointed to a similar honorary position or honored for artistic excellence.
- noun A poet acclaimed as the most excellent or most representative of a locality or group.
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- noun A poet officially appointed by a
government, often expected to compose poems for stateoccasions and other government events
- noun obsolete 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
- noun UK 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
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- noun the poet officially appointed to the royal household in Great Britain
- noun a poet who is unofficially regarded as holding an honorary position in a particular group or region
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