lau·re·ate /ˈlɔriˌet, ˈlɑr-/
1. One crowned with laurel; a poet laureate. “A learned laureate.”
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.
Lau·re·ate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Laureated p. pr. & vb. n. Laureating ] To honor with a wreath of laurel, as formerly was done in bestowing a degree at the English universities.
adj : worthy of the greatest honor or distinction; "The nation's
pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his
black bag"- James Traub
n : someone honored for great achievements; figuratively someone
crowned with a laurel wreath