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laurel

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈlɒr.əl/ us    /ˈlɑːr-/

laurel noun [C or U] (TREE)

a small evergreen tree (= one that never loses its leaves) that has shiny leaves and small, black fruit

laurel noun [C or U] (PRAISE)

laurels [plural] formal praise for a person because of something they have done, usually in sport, the arts, or politics: The actors are very good, but when all is considered the laurels must surely go to the director of the play.
(Definition of laurel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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