dahl·​ia ˈdal-yə How to pronounce dahlia (audio) ˈdäl- How to pronounce dahlia (audio)
 US also and British usually  ˈdāl-
: any of a genus (Dahlia) of American tuberous-rooted composite herbs having opposite pinnate leaves and rayed flower heads and including many that are cultivated as ornamentals

Examples of dahlia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Duff wore a dark suit, white shirt and pink tie with a flower in his lapel that matched his mom's bouquet, which held white dahlias, garden roses and freesias. Kaitlin Stevens, Peoplemag, 10 Dec. 2023 Go for black roses, pansies, tulips, calla lilies, bat flowers, black mondo grass, burgundy peonies, dark purple dahlias, black hollyhocks, and purple smoke bush. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Jan. 2024 On weekends, there are parties in their walled garden, with its wading pool and beds of dahlias and roses, or excursions to their nearby lake house. Giles Harvey, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 Selecting anything from dahlias to tulips to roses, a jewel-tone bouquet is meant to embrace a bold color palette, embodying your favorite gems like rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. Gia Yetikyel, Vogue, 25 Oct. 2023 Flowers included tones of pinks, oranges, reds, and yellows and included some of the bride’s favorites—like roses, dahlias, fire lilies, and Dianthus Hollandia. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2023 From anthuriums to dahlias, each bouquet features seasonal blooms with a tropical or custom touch. Roxana Becerril, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 Some of the showiest summer blooms fade away when fall arrives, including pompon dahlias, Shasta daisies, African daisies, zinnias, coreopsis, and calendulas. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2023 Anger, fear, love, or hatred: those feelings seemed as absent from the Joneses’ bedroom as any other clutter, silenced by the dahlias on the end table, or folded neatly within the lilac throw. Kathleen Alcott, Harper's Magazine, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Anders Dahl †1789 Swedish botanist

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dahlia was in 1835

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“Dahlia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dahlia. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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dahl·​ia ˈdal-yə How to pronounce dahlia (audio) ˈdäl- How to pronounce dahlia (audio)
: any of a genus of American herbs related to the daisies and having brightly colored flower heads and a root that is a tuber

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