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Laureat, v. Also: -iat. P.t. laureat. P.p. laureat(e, -iat(e, lawreat(e, -iat(t, -iate, -ied; and laureated. [ME. lauriat (Chaucer), laureat(e, e.m.E. lawreat, all p.p. in sense 1, L. laureātus: see Laureatadj. (n.)] tr.

1. Passive, in p.p. (To be) crowned with laurel in token of honour or pre-eminence, (to be) honoured as a poet, victor, saint, martyr, etc. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1881.
Esope … Ane poet worthie to be lawreat [H. lawriate]
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 208 (Asl.).
In lestand loving ay to be laereat [H. laureat, Arund. lawriat]
Ib. 1552.
Schawe will in werk & without questioun Thow sall in hevyne for evir be laureat
1528 Lynd. Dreme 990.
Cowardice with lordis is laureate
a1538 Abell 120 a.
Thai leif with God lawreat in the hewin
a1568 Bann. MS. 92 b/38.
Amang all vertew Justice is lawreat

b. To confer honour upon, to distinguish. In p.p. 1626 Garden Worthies 5.
All these … Whose wonderous witt & hardiness of hand Illustrat hes and lawriat ther lives

2. a. Passive, in p.p. To be admitted to a University degree, to graduate as master or doctor. Also fig.(1) 1560 Bk. Disc. in Knox II. 214.
[The first Grie] Wha efter thir thre yearis by tryell and examinatioun shall be fund sufficientlie instructit in thir aforesaid sciences, shall be laureat and graduat in philosophie
1615 Crim. Trials III. 378.
Ye … haifing accompleischet your course in the College of St. Androis quhair ye was laureat
1626–7 Misc. Spald. C. V. 144.
Given to Mr. Robert Barron … when he wes laureate doctor in divinitie
1643 Baillie II. 39.
Sixtie bajouns and about fortie semies and above twentie youths laureat
c1650 Spalding I. 258.
This maister Walter Makchanchell wes laureat doctor, and ane lernit man
Ib. II. 381.
The maisteris in Old Abirdene wer laureat, … whiche vsit not to be laureat quhill Lambes
1654 Lamont Diary 74.
The magistrands in the Vniuersitie of St Androus were lauriat priuatlie
1664 Mun. Univ. Glasg. II. 485.
If any of the magistrants goe away befoir that tyme … that he be not laureat
1683 Ib. 493.
Each of the regents … shall carry up the class he begins with till the same be lauriate
1666 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 15.
The thesaurer … to pay the bursars their pensiouns … who ar to be presentlie laureat
1671 Dunkeld Presb. I. 341.
The moderator enquyred at him, how long it was since he was lawreat
1674 Meikle Old Session Bk. 176.
Jon Kid a student who intends to be lawried the nixt year
 (b) 1669 Cullen Kirk S. 16 May.
To a poor student called William Fraser to be laureated at this tyme master of arts
c1680 W. Row Blair 112.
He was laureated in the College of Glasgow
(2) fig. 1619 Garden Elphinstoun 1900.
He … Into this common scoole Was laur'at
1653 Binning Wks. 569.
He is at length laureated in that great day of Our Saviour's appearance, [and] … hath the degree of glory … conferred upon him

b. Active. To confer a University degree upon, to ‘cap’ (a graduand). 1645 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 67.
The counsell ordaines the present masteris of the Colledge to lauriat the magistrand clas
1649 Lamont Diary 8.
[The] principall of St. Leonards colledge … did laureat the scholars ther this yeare
1666 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 232.
The theses put out by the regent who did lauriat the scollaris of the colledge this yeir
p.t. c1700 Sibbald Autobiog. (1834) 129.
I was a basler and magistrant under Mr William Tweedy, who laureat me July 1695 [sic for 1659]

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