noun (used with a singular verb)

  1. honor; glory; acclaim: He received kudos from everyone on his performance.


  1. plural of kudo.

noun, plural ku·dos 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.


  1. (functioning as singular) acclaim, glory, or prestigethe kudos of playing Carnegie Hall

“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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