noun lav·en·der \ˈla-vən-dər\

: a plant with narrow leaves and small purple flowers that have a sweet smell

: the dried leaves and flowers of the lavender plant used to make clothes and fabrics smell pleasant

: a pale purple color

Full Definition of LAVENDER

a :  a Mediterranean mint (Lavandula angustifolia syn. L. officinalis) widely cultivated for its narrow aromatic leaves and spikes of lilac-purple flowers which are dried and used in sachets and from which is extracted an aromatic oil used chiefly in perfumery
b :  any of several plants congeneric with true lavender and used similarly but often considered inferior
:  a pale purple

Examples of LAVENDER

  1. a small cloth bag filled with lavender

Origin of LAVENDER

Middle English lavendre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin lavandula
First Known Use: 13th century


lav·en·deredlav·en·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Definition of LAVENDER

transitive verb
:  to sprinkle or perfume with lavender

First Known Use of LAVENDER

LAVENDERING Defined for Kids


noun lav·en·der \ˈla-vən-dər\

Definition of LAVENDER for Kids

:  a European mint with narrow leaves and stalks of small sweet-smelling pale violet flowers
:  a pale purple


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