What does laurel mean?

Definitions for laurel
ˈlɔr əl, ˈlɒr-lau·rel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. laurelnoun

    any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family

  2. Laurel, Stan Laurel, Arthur Stanley Jefferson Laurelnoun

    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)

  3. laurel, laurel wreath, bay wreathnoun

    (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory


  1. laurelnoun

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

  2. laurelnoun

    A crown of laurel.

  3. laurelnoun

    honor; distinction; fame; -- especially in the plural; as, to win laurels, to crown with laurels.

  4. laurelnoun

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

  5. Laurelnoun

    A 16-17 year old participant in the Young Women organization of the LDS Church.

  6. Laurelnoun

    from the plant laurel.

  7. Etymology: From lorrer, lorer, from lorier, from lor, from laurus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LAURELnoun

    A tree, called also the cherry bay.

    Etymology: laurus, Lat. laurier, French.

    It hath broad thick shining ever-green leaves, somewhat like those of the bay tree; the cup of the flower is hollow, and funnel-shaped, spreading open at the top, and is divided into five parts: the flower consists of five leaves, which expand in form of a rose, having many stamina in the centre; the fruit, which is like that of the cherry tree, is produced in bunches, and the stone is longer and narrower than that of the cherry. Philip Miller.

    The laurus or laurel of the antients is affirmed by naturalists to be what we call the bay tree. Robert Ainsworth.

    The laurel, meed of mighty conquerors,
    And poets sage. Edmund Spenser, Fairy Queen.

    The laurel or cherry-bay, by cutting away the side branches, will rise to a large tree. John Mortimer, Husbandry.


  1. laurel

    A laurel is a type of evergreen shrub or tree, belonging to the family Lauraceae, native to warm climates and known for its glossy, aromatic leaves and small, yellow flowers. The term is also used to denote honors or distinction, symbolically referring to the laurel wreaths used by the Ancient Greeks to crown victors in athletic competitions and poets.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Laurelnoun

    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

  2. Laurelnoun

    a crown of laurel; hence, honor; distinction; fame; -- especially in the plural; as, to win laurels

  3. Laurelnoun

    an English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel

  4. Etymology: [OE. lorel, laurer, lorer, OF. lorier, laurier, F. laurier, (assumed) LL. Laurarius, fr. L. laurus.]


  1. Laurel

    Laurel is a city in Jones County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 18,393 although a significant population increase was reported following Hurricane Katrina. Laurel is the principal city of the Laurel Micropolitan Statistical Area. Its major employers include Howard Industries, Sanderson Farms, Masonite, Family Health Center, Howse Implement, Thermo-Kool and South Central Regional Medical Center. Laurel is home to the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Laurel

    law′rel, n. the bay-tree, used by the ancients for making honorary wreaths: a crown of laurel, honours gained (freq. in pl.): any species of the genus Laurus.—adjs. Lau′rel; Lau′relled, crowned with laurel.—n. Lau′rel-wa′ter, a sedative and narcotic water distilled from the leaves of the cherry-laurel.—adjs. Laurif′erous, producing laurel; Lau′riger, laurel-wearing.—n Laurustī′nus, an evergreen shrub. [Fr. laurier—L. laurus.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. laurel

    An evergreen shrub, selected for the brows of heroes and conquerors, and emblematic of their unfading reputation.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Laurel is ranked #14920 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Laurel surname appeared 1,984 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Laurel.

    49.6% or 984 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    22.5% or 447 total occurrences were White.
    16.1% or 321 total occurrences were Asian.
    8% or 159 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 61 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of laurel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of laurel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of laurel in a Sentence

  1. Brad Story:

    When I analyzed the recording of Laurel, that third resonance is very high for the L. It drops for the R and then it rises again for the L, the interesting thing about the word Yanny is that the second frequency that our vocal track produces follows almost the same path, in terms of what it looks like spectrographically, as Laurel.

  2. Johann von Goethe:

    Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom, Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom, Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose

  3. Elizabeth Báthory:

    God, if you exist behind the Holy Scriptures then you have abandoned me. In war hundreds are killed and tortured and they are left there to rot and feed the vultures. And yet, we glorify our warriors. We give them laurel wreaths and honors. But all I get is torment, I cannot be humiliated this way. Give me an illness that will kill me fast. I cannot do it myself, I must go to heaven. Amen.

  4. Brad Story:

    Most likely the original recording was' Laurel,'.

  5. Richard Budgett:

    There are no IOC rules or regulations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation. So Laurel Hubbard is a woman, and is competing under the rules of her federation, and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for The Olympic Games.

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    Actually my name laurel. I'm actually searching for my korean name but i saw this then its funny cause my name is a bay tree
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