chry·​san·​the·​mum | \ kri-ˈsan(t)-thə-məm also -ˈzan(t)- How to pronounce chrysanthemum (audio) \

Definition of chrysanthemum

1 : any of various composite plants (genus Chrysanthemum) including weeds, ornamentals grown for their brightly colored often double flower heads, and others important as sources of medicinals and insecticides
2 : a flower head of an ornamental chrysanthemum

Illustration of chrysanthemum

Illustration of chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum 2

Examples of chrysanthemum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

On the western edge of Omaha, dense crowds formed a human chain and tossed red and white chrysanthemums into the gently lapping waves, remembering., "World marks 75 years since D-Day in solemn observances," 6 June 2019 Plants that sustain leaf and stem system injury include chrysanthemums, onions, rye, and alfalfa. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? These Tiny Parasites Can Help — Or Hurt — Your Garden," 1 July 2018 Plants that sustain leaf and stem system injury include chrysanthemums, onions, rye, and alfalfa. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? These Tiny Parasites Can Help — Or Hurt — Your Garden," 1 July 2018 Instead, this giant chrysanthemum — nicknamed the Thousand Bloom Mum — sports more than 1,500 flowers and is the result of some serious attention to detail by the gardeners at the Longwood Garden in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Meet the Largest Chrysanthemum in North America," 10 Aug. 2015 Finally, to further increase the odds that your chrysanthemums will survive winter, consider planting them in spring as opposed to late summer, to give root systems ample time to become established. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 The 490-foot-long, eight-section pedestrian walkway brings visitors past purple chrysanthemums on one side and seemingly cantilevers 4,600 feet above sea level over the cable car and hill country below for far-reaching views on the other side. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Wild New Pedestrian Bridge Walks Visitors Through 'Hands of God'," 1 Aug. 2018 Straight-pin faux chrysanthemums around face for mane. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 This includes grasshoppers and chrysanthemums in Mexico City and snake in Guangzhou. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Monty Python’s Michael Palin on His Trip to North Korea and Fondness for Old Socks," 26 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chrysanthemum.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of chrysanthemum

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chrysanthemum

Latin, from Greek chrysanthemon, from chrys- + anthemon flower; akin to Greek anthos flower

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chrysanthemum

Statistics for chrysanthemum

Last Updated

18 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for chrysanthemum

The first known use of chrysanthemum was in 1548

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for chrysanthemum



English Language Learners Definition of chrysanthemum

: a plant that has brightly colored flowers and that is often grown in gardens also : the flower of this plant


chry·​san·​the·​mum | \ kri-ˈsan-thə-məm How to pronounce chrysanthemum (audio) \

Kids Definition of chrysanthemum

: a plant related to the daisies that has brightly colored flower heads

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on chrysanthemum

Spanish Central: Translation of chrysanthemum

Nglish: Translation of chrysanthemum for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about chrysanthemum

Comments on chrysanthemum

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


to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!