Definition of Laurel

1. Noun. Any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family.




2. Noun. United States slapstick comedian (born in England) who played the scatterbrained and often tearful member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1890-1965).
Exact synonyms: Arthur Stanley Jefferson Laurel, Stan Laurel
Group relationships: Laurel And Hardy
Generic synonyms: Comedian, Comic

3. Noun. (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory.
Exact synonyms: Bay Wreath, Laurel Wreath
Generic synonyms: Chaplet, Coronal, Garland, Lei, Wreath
Geographical relationships: Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic
Category relationships: Antiquity

Definition of Laurel

1. n. An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus (L. nobilis), having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils; -- called also sweet bay.

Definition of Laurel

1. Noun. (Mormonism) A 16-17 year old participant in the Young Women organization of the LDS Church. ¹

2. Proper noun. (English female given name) from the plant (term laurel). ¹

3. Noun. An evergreen shrub, of the genus ''Laurus'', having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils. ¹

4. Noun. A crown of laurel. ¹

5. Noun. (figuratively) honor; distinction; fame; -- especially in the plural; as, to win laurels, to crown with laurels. ¹

6. Noun. An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Laurel

1. to crown with a wreath of evergreen leaves [v -RELED, -RELING, -RELS or -RELLED, -RELLING, -RELS]

Medical Definition of Laurel

1. 1. An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus (L. Nobilis), having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils; called also sweet bay. The fruit is a purple berry. It is found about the Mediterranean, and was early used by the ancient Greeks to crown the victor in the games of Apollo. at a later period, academic honors were indicated by a crown of laurel, with the fruit. The leaves and tree yield an aromatic oil, used to flavor the bay water of commerce. The name is extended to other plants which in some respect resemble the true laurel. See Phrases, below. 2. A crown of laurel; hence, honor; distinction; fame; especially in the plural; as, to win laurels. 3. An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel. Laurel water, water distilled from the fresh leaves of the cherry laurel, and containing prussic acid and other products carried over in the process. American laurel, or Mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia. See Mountain. California laurel, Umbellularia Californica. Cherry laurel (in England called laurel). See Cherry. Great laurel, the rosebay (Rhododendron maximum). Ground laurel, trailing arbutus. New Zealand laurel, Laurelia Novae Zelandiae. Portugal laurel, the Prunus Lusitanica. Rose laurel, the oleander. See Oleander. Sheep laurel, a poisonous shrub, Kalmia angustifolia, smaller than the mountain laurel, and with smaller and redder flowers. Spurge laurel, Daphne Laureola. West Indian laurel, Prunus occidentalis. Origin: OE. Lorel, laurer, lorer, OF. Lorier, laurier, F. Laurier, (assumed) LL. Laurarius, fr. L. Laurus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Laurel

laura
lauraceae
lauraceous
laurae
lauras
laurate
laurates
laureate
laureated
laureates
laureateship
laureateships
laureating
laureation
laureations
laurel (current term)
laurel-tree
laurel cherry
laurel family
laurel fever
laurel green
laurel oak
laurel sumac
laurel water
laurel willow
laurel wreath
laureled
laureling
laurelite
laurelled

Literary usage of Laurel

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"laurel, la'rel, Miss., city and county- seat of Jones County, on the Gulf and Ship Island, the Mobile, Jackson and Kansas City and the Queen and Crescent ..."

2. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"Know farther: ev'ry lady cloth'd in white, And, crown'd with oak and laurel ev'ry Are servants to the Leaf, by liveries known Of innocence ; and I myself am ..."

3. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"laurel. At least four shrubs or small trees are called by this name in Great ... The common laurel is a native of the woody and sub-alpine regions of the ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"Dear Sir: We will buy your logs on laurel Fork of the Cheat River, to be put In laurel Fork not more than fifteen miles from its mouth, and to be driven ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The common laurel is a native of the woody and sub- alpine regions of the ... Cherry laurel water is a solution of the volatile oil The leaves when cut up ..."

6. The Writings of Bret Harte by Bret Harte (1896)
"THE POSTMISTRESS OF laurel RUN CHAPTER I THE mail-stage had just passed laurel ... The bag was not heavy, — laurel Run was too recent a settlement to have ..."

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