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kudos1

[koo-dohz, -dohs, -dos, kyoo-] /ˈku doʊz, -doʊs, -dɒs, ˈkyu-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
honor; glory; acclaim:
He received kudos from everyone on his performance.
Origin of kudos1
1825-1835
1825-35; irregular transliteration of Greek kŷdos
Usage note
In the 19th century, kudos1 entered English as a singular noun, a transliteration of a Greek singular noun kŷdos meaning “praise or renown.” It was at first used largely in academic circles, but it gained wider currency in the 1920s in journalistic use, particularly in headlines: Playwright receives kudos. Kudos given to track record breakers. Kudos is often used, as in these examples, in contexts that do not clearly indicate whether it is singular or plural; and because it ends in -s, the marker of regular plurals in English, kudos has come to be widely regarded and used as a plural noun meaning “accolades” rather than as a singular mass noun meaning “honor or glory.”
The singular form kudo has been produced from kudos by back formation, the same process that gave us the singular pea from pease, originally both singular and plural, sherry from Xeres (an earlier spelling of the Spanish city Jerez), and cherry from the French singular noun cherise. This singular form has developed the meanings “honor” and “statement of praise, accolade.”
Both the singular form kudo and kudos as a plural are today most common in journalistic writing. Some usage guides warn against using them.

kudos2

[koo-dohz, kyoo-] /ˈku doʊz, ˈkyu-/
noun
1.
plural of kudo.

kudo

[koo-doh, kyoo-] /ˈku doʊ, ˈkyu-/
noun, plural kudos for 2.
1.
honor; glory; acclaim:
No greater kudo could have been bestowed.
2.
a statement of praise or approval; accolade; compliment:
one kudo after another.
Origin
1925-30; back formation from kudos1, construed as a plural
Usage note
See kudos1.
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  • Then I'd have the freedom of the unmarried, with the kudos of the married.

    Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • He heaved a sigh as he thought of the kudos which might have been his.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • A French scientist robs Benjamin Franklin of the kudos of his lightning-rod.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • But he could, and he would, get what was dear to him—the recognition and the kudos to which he was entitled!

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • And compared with the kudos that would be hers, even the foregone royalty fell away into the background.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for kudos

kudos

/ˈkjuːdɒs/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) acclaim, glory, or prestige: the kudos of playing Carnegie Hall
Word Origin
C18: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for kudos
n.

"fame, renown," 1799, probably originally in university slang, from Greek kydos "glory, fame," especially in battle, literally "that which is heard of" (see caveat). A singular noun in Greek, but the final -s often is mistaken as a plural suffix in English, leading to the barbarous back-formation kudo (attested by 1936).

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