LAU'REATE, a. [L. laureatus, from laurea, a laurel.]

Decked or invested with laurel; as laureate hearse.

Soft on her lap her laureate son reclines.

Poet laureate, in Great Britain, an officer of the king's household, whose business is to compose an ode annually for the king's birthday, and for the new year. It is said this title was first given him in the time of Edward IV.

LAU'REATE, v.t. To honor with a degree in the university, and a present of a wreath of laurel.