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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 Poet Laureate

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lau·re·ate a.  Crowned, or decked, with laurel.
    To strew the laureate hearse where Lycid lies.   --Milton.
    Soft on her lap her laureate son reclines.   --Pope.
 Poet laureate. (b) 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. [Obs.] (b) 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. [Eng.] (c) A poet who has been publicly recognized as the most pre-eminent poet of a country or region; as, the poet laureate of the United States.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Po·et n.  One skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer.
 The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
 Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven.   --Shak.
    A poet is a maker, as the word signifies.   --Dryden.
 Poet laureate. See under Laureate.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 Poet Laureate
      n : the poet officially appointed to the royal household in
          Great Britain; "the Poet Laureate is expected to provide
          poems for great national occasions"