Definition of Poet Laureate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    Poet Laureate

    BrE BrE//ˌpəʊɪt ˈlɒriət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpoʊɪt ˈlɔːriət//
    , NAmE//ˌpoʊɪt ˈlɑːriət//
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  1. 1(especially in Britain) a person who has been officially chosen to write poetry for the country’s important occasions Culture The first Poet Laureate in Britain was Ben Jonson (from 1616). Others have included Dryden, Wordsworth and Tennyson, and more recently Masefield, Day-Lewis, Betjeman and Hughes. Since 2009 the Poet Laureate has been Carol Ann Duffy.The US has had Poets Laureate since 1986 when Robert Penn Warren became the first. They are appointed by the Library of Congress but only serve for one or two years.
  2. 2(especially North American English) a person whose poetry is considered to be the best, or most typical of their country or region.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Poet Laureate