Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

wisteria

play
noun wis·te·ria \wis-ˈtir-ē-ə\

Simple Definition of wisteria

  • : a plant that grows as a thick vine with large bunches of purple or white flowers

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wisteria

  1. :  any of a genus (Wisteria) of mostly woody leguminous vines of China, Japan, and the southeastern United States that have pinnately compound leaves and long racemes of showy blue, white, purple, or rose papilionaceous flowers and that include several (as W. sinensis and W. floribunda) grown as ornamentals

Illustration of wisteria

Variants of wisteria

also

wistaria

\-ˈtir-ē-ə also -ˈter-\

Origin and Etymology of wisteria

New Latin Wisteria, from Caspar Wistar †1818 American physician


First Known Use: 1842


WISTERIA Defined for Kids

wisteria

play
noun wis·te·ria \wi-ˈstir-ē-ə\

Definition of wisteria for Students

  1. :  a woody vine that is grown for its long clusters of violet, white, or pink flowers



Variants of wisteria

also

wistaria

\-ˈstir-ē-ə, -ˈster-\

Learn More about wisteria


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up wisteria? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a simplified speech bridging languages

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

frenetic lazy melancholy philistine
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ