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Laurel

[lawr-uh l, lor-] /ˈlɔr əl, ˈlɒr-/
noun
1.
Stan (Arthur Stanley Jefferson) 1890–1965, U.S. motion-picture actor and comedian, born in England.
2.
a city in SE Mississippi.
3.
a town in central Maryland.
4.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for stan laurel

laurel

/ˈlɒrəl/
noun
1.
Also called bay, true laurel. any lauraceous tree of the genus Laurus, such as the bay tree (see bay4) and L. canariensis, of the Canary Islands and Azores
2.
any lauraceous plant
4.
spurge laurel, a European thymelaeaceous evergreen shrub, Daphne laureola, with glossy leaves and small green flowers
5.
spotted laurel, Japan laurel, an evergreen cornaceous shrub, Aucuba japonica, of S and SE Asia, the female of which has yellow-spotted leaves
6.
(pl) a wreath of true laurel, worn on the head as an emblem of victory or honour in classical times
7.
(pl) honour, distinction, or fame
8.
look to one's laurels, to be on guard against one's rivals
9.
rest on one's laurels, to be satisfied with distinction won by past achievements and cease to strive for further achievements
verb -rels, -relling, -relled (US) -rels, -reling, -reled
10.
(transitive) to crown with laurels
Word Origin
C13 lorer, from Old French lorier laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus
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Word Origin and History for stan laurel

laurel

n.

c.1300, lorrer, from Old French laurier (12c.), from Latin laurus "laurel tree," probably related to Greek daphne "laurel" (for change of d- to l- see lachrymose), probably from a pre-IE Mediterranean language. The change of second -r- to -l- after mid-14c. is by dissimilation. An emblem of victory or of distinction, hence the phrase to rest (originally repose) on one's laurels, first attested 1831.

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