poet laureate definition

  • noun:
    • A poet appointed for a lifetime by a British monarch as an associate associated with the royal home and expected to write poems celebrating events of nationwide value and honoring the royal household.
    • A poet appointed to an equivalent honorary place or recognized for imaginative superiority.
    • A poet acclaimed as the most exemplary or most representative of a locality or group.
    • A poet formally appointed by a government, often expected to compose poems for state occasions and other federal government events
    • One who obtained an honorable degree in grammar, including poetry and rhetoric, at the English universities; -- so called to be presented with a wreath of laurel
    • Formerly, an officer associated with king's household, whose business would be to create an ode yearly for the master's birthday celebration, also ideal events; now, a poet formally distinguished by these types of honorary subject, any office being a sinecure. It is stated this name was first given in time of Edward IV
    • See under Laureate.
    • the poet officially appointed into the royal household in Great Britain
    • a poet who's unofficially regarded as keeping an honorary place in a particular group or region
  • adjective:
    • A poet that has been publicly thought to be many pre-eminent poet of a country or area.

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