dai·​sy | \ ˈdā-zē How to pronounce daisy (audio) \
plural daisies

Definition of daisy

1 : a composite plant (as of the genera Bellis or Chrysanthemum) having a flower head with well-developed ray flowers usually arranged in one or a few whorls: such as
a : a low European herb (Bellis perennis) with white or pink ray flowers

called also English daisy

b : a leafy-stemmed perennial herb (Leucanthemum vulgare synonym Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) with long white ray flowers and a yellow disk that was introduced into the U.S. from Europe

called also oxeye daisy

2 : the flower head of a daisy
3 : a first-rate person or thing
4 capitalized : a member of a program of the Girl Scouts for girls in kindergarten and first grade

Other Words from daisy

daisylike \ ˈdā-​zē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce daisy (audio) \ or daisy-like adjective
daisylike flowers

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The daisy flower does not just bud, blossom, and die like most other flowers. Rather it performs a daily routine of “sleeping” at night by closing and “waking” in the morning by opening up again. Because of this unusual trait and the whorled appearance of the flower, the daisy was given the Old English name dægeseage, meaning literally “day’s eye.” The distinctive ray-like appearance of the daisy as it opens and closes with the sun reminds one of an eye that opens in the morning and closes at night.

Examples of daisy in a Sentence

while the old crooner is now well past his prime, Grandma still harkens back to the “daisy of a performance” he could give in his heyday
Recent Examples on the Web This hardy backpack from Nike will do just that, thanks to tough outer fabric, zip pockets that will keep essentials secure, and a daisy-chain loop on the front for you to clip on other items (carabiners not included). Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Nov. 2021 The candle has 45 to 55 hours of burn time and features a delicate daisy pattern on the glass jar. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Sep. 2021 Woodland sunflower is a tall native perennial often growing along edges of woods with large, dark green leaves and yellow daisy-like flowers that bloom in late summer and fall. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2021 In one image carousel, she's seen wearing vibrant colors — first, a perfect-for-summer sleeveless dress with a gerbera daisy print, then another bold, multi-colored dress on a boat with a friend in a complementary pattern. Lanford Beard, PEOPLE.com, 27 Aug. 2021 The pyrethrum is known as the ‘flower of death’ – a nickname that neatly describes this delicate daisy imbued with murderous power. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 Ndolé, also called bitter leaf (or Vernonia amygdalina, part of the daisy and sunflower family), is shredded and then simmered with aromatics and ground peanuts until most of the water boils away. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 Oxeye daisy, double peonies and tall bearded irises bloom nicely. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 In the kitchen, there were lots of gerbera daisy-type silk flowers and a wreath that was 4 or 5 feet in diameter. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of daisy

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for daisy

Middle English dayeseye, from Old English dægesēage, from dæg day + ēage eye

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“Daisy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daisy. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for daisy



English Language Learners Definition of daisy

: a type of white flower that has a yellow center


dai·​sy | \ ˈdā-zē How to pronounce daisy (audio) \
plural daisies

Kids Definition of daisy

: a plant with flower heads consisting of one or more rows of white or colored flowers like petals around a central disk of tiny often yellow flowers closely packed together

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