Poet laureate

Definition of Poet laureate

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.
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.
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.
See under Laureate.

See also: Laureate Laureate Laureate Poet

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