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English definition of “poet laureate”

poet laureate

noun [C usually singular]    
in the UK, a poet given a special position by the king or queen, who is asked to write poems about important public occasions: that most illustrious Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord TennysonPoetryPeople who write for work or pleasure
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