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1. High commendation; praise; honor; exaltation; glory. Laud be to god. So do well and thou shalt have laud of the same. (Tyndals)

2. A part of divine worship, consisting chiefly of praise; usually in the pl.

in the roman Catholic Church, the prayers used at daybreak, between those of matins and prime, are called lauds.

3. Music or singing in honor of any one.

Origin: L. Laus, laudis. See laud.