Pronunciation: (lôr'ē-it, lor'-),[key] —n. 1. a person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award: a Nobel laureate. 2. See poet laureate.
—adj. 1. deserving or having special recognition for achievement, as for poetry (often used immediately after the noun that is modified): poet laureate; conjurer laureate. 2. having special distinction or recognition in a field: the laureate men of science. 3. crowned or decked with laurel as a mark of honor.
4. consisting of or resembling laurel, as a wreath or crown.