AskDefine | Define kudos

Dictionary Definition

kudos n : an expression of approval and commendation; "he always appreciated praise for his work" [syn: praise, congratulations]

User Contributed Dictionary



From κῦδος.


  • a RP /ˈkjuːdɒs/
  • a US /ˈkuː.doʊz/


  1. Praise; accolades.
    The talented, young playwright received kudos for his new drama.
  2. Plural of kudo

Usage notes

  • The noun |kudos was originally a mass noun, but is now sometimes taken as a plural noun, either as a plural tantum, or as the plural of a new noun kudo. However, this plural treatment is frequently proscribed.


praise, accolades
  • Finnish: maine, kunnia
  • Latin: laus



  • Derived from the verb kutoa "to knit, weave".


  1. (Woven or textile) fabric
  2. (Cell) tissue

Related terms


Extensive Definition

For other uses, see Kudos (disambiguation).
Kudos (, often /ˈkuːdoʊz/), from the Greek κύδος, kydos, (literally "that which is heard of") means "fame" and "renown" resulting from an act or achievement. Extending "kudos" to another individual is often done as a praising remark. It entered English as British university slang in the early 1800s. In Standard English, as in Greek, Kudos is a singular and not a plural noun, and is used exclusively as such in Britain. However, in common use in the US the noun is, erroneously, often plural: She received many kudos ['ku:doʊz] for her work.
Usage expanded again as the term entered the vocabulary of the gaming community. For example, you can earn kudos for completing certain in-game tasks, such as those in the Metropolis Street Racer, the Project Gotham Racing series and as part of the 'Varrock Museum' mini-task in the popular MMORPG Runescape. One can give another either none, one, or two kudos for praise of another's blog.

See also

"Not used commonly in Australia, China, or in Ireland."
kudos in German: Wertschätzung
kudos in French: Kudos
kudos in Dutch: kudos
kudos in Norwegian: Kudos
kudos in Norwegian Nynorsk: Kudos

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