Etymology
Advertisement

laurel (n.)

mid-14c. variant of lorrer (c. 1300), from Old French laurier, lorier "bay tree, laurel tree" (12c.), from Latin laurus "laurel tree," which is probably related to Greek daphne "laurel" (for change of d- to l- see lachrymose), which is probably from a pre-IE Mediterranean language.

The second -r- changed to -l- in late Middle English by dissimilation. An emblem of victory or of distinction, hence the phrase to rest (originally repose) on one's laurels, first attested 1831. Related: Laurine (adj.).

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of laurel
1
laurel (n.)
any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family;
laurel (n.)
(antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory;
Synonyms: laurel wreath / bay wreath
2
Laurel (n.)
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);
Synonyms: Stan Laurel / Arthur Stanley Jefferson Laurel
From wordnet.princeton.edu