noun li·lac \ˈlī-ˌläk, -ˌlak, -lək\

: a type of bush with purple or white flowers that bloom in the spring

: a light purple color

Full Definition of LILAC

a :  a widely cultivated European shrub (Syringa vulgaris) of the olive family that has cordate ovate leaves and large panicles of fragrant pinkish-purple or white flowers
b :  a tree or shrub congeneric with the lilac
:  a variable color averaging a moderate purple

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Origin of LILAC

obsolete French (now lilas), from Arabic līlak, from Persian nīlak bluish, from nīl blue, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue
First Known Use: 1625
LILAC Defined for Kids


noun li·lac \ˈlī-ˌläk, -ˌlak, -lək\

Definition of LILAC for Kids

:  a bush having clusters of fragrant pink, purple, or white flowers
:  a medium purple
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