Etymology 1Edit

From Ancient Greek κῦδος (kûdos, praise, renown).


kudos (uncountable)

  1. Praise; accolades.
    The talented, young playwright received much kudos for his new drama.
    • 2011 Allen Gregory, "1 Night in Gottlieb" (season 1, episode 2):
      Allen Gregory DeLongpre: Pat, I gotta tell you, you did a lot of things right with this lunch―kudos. You got back quickly, you showed initiative, and, best of all, you left plenty of room for improvement.
    • 2014, John Oliver, “The Lottery”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 1, episode 24, written by Tim Carvell; Josh Gondelman; Dan Gurewitch; Jeff Maurer; Ben Silva; Will Tracy; Jill Twiss; Seena Vali; Julie Weiner, HBO, Warner Bros. Television:
      And… and to that… to that Turkish horse, I say this, “You should not step on people’s balls, but, in this solitary instance, kudos, horse, kudos.”
  2. Credit for one's achievements.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[1]:
      Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.
Usage notesEdit
  • The noun kudos was originally a mass noun, but in American English is now sometimes treated as a plural noun, either as a plurale tantum, or as the plural of a new noun kudo, contrary to the original Greek κῦδος (kûdos), which is a singular noun. The American pronunciation implies this plural usage, which many authorities nevertheless consider erroneous.

Etymology 2Edit



  1. plural of kudo Note that 'kudo' is itself a backformation from kudos under the (mistaken) idea that kudos, because it ends in the letter 's', is a plural.

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kutoa (to weave) +‎ -os


  • IPA(key): /ˈkudos/, [ˈkudo̞s̠]
  • Rhymes: -udos
  • Syllabification: ku‧dos



  1. (textiles) fabric (texture of a cloth)
  2. woven fabric; that which has been woven
  3. (biology) tissue (group of similar cells that function together to do a specific job)


Inflection of kudos (Kotus type 39/vastaus, no gradation)
nominative kudos kudokset
genitive kudoksen kudosten
partitive kudosta kudoksia
illative kudokseen kudoksiin
singular plural
nominative kudos kudokset
accusative nom. kudos kudokset
gen. kudoksen
genitive kudoksen kudosten
partitive kudosta kudoksia
inessive kudoksessa kudoksissa
elative kudoksesta kudoksista
illative kudokseen kudoksiin
adessive kudoksella kudoksilla
ablative kudokselta kudoksilta
allative kudokselle kudoksille
essive kudoksena kudoksina
translative kudokseksi kudoksiksi
instructive kudoksin
abessive kudoksetta kudoksitta
comitative kudoksineen
Possessive forms of kudos (type vastaus)
possessor singular plural
1st person kudokseni kudoksemme
2nd person kudoksesi kudoksenne
3rd person kudoksensa


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