dai·​sy | \ˈdā-zē \
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

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Other Words from daisy

daisylike \ ˈdā-​zē-​ˌlīk \ or daisy-like adjective
daisylike flowers

Did You Know?

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

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At a public memorial service in a cavernous Boise Centre ballroom, the mischievous little girl who loved pink and purple, and daisies and roses, was remembered as an angel. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "‘She came to us like a dream’: Hundreds attend memorial for young stabbing victim," 7 July 2018 Tables were topped with vibrant floral arrangements that featured a summer palate of purple and pink hydrangeas, blue delphiniums, white peonies, yellow Gerber daisies and more. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Botanic Garden's Summer Dinner Dance: Fundraising for a living museum," 26 June 2018 Party guests gathered in a shady area of the club where the long tables were decorated with red-and-white checkered tablecloths adorned with sunflower and daisy flower arrangements held in mason jars — just perfect for a Western-style barbecue. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: Club wrangles members into the Saddle & Sirloin Club for annual summer party," 9 July 2018 It is made up of six circles linked together to form a flower or daisy, the idea being that any bad spirits or energy that comes your way will get trapped in the swirling pattern. Sarah Lyons, Teen Vogue, "How to Make Friday the 13th Good Luck Charms," 12 July 2018 There are lilies and roses, mums, daisies, baby's breath. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Mother of 3-year-old slain in mass stabbing wants justice for daughter: "She is gone."," 3 July 2018 Amal looked stylish as ever wearing a floral fur coat and leather leggings attached to a pair of denim daisy dukes from designer Alexander Wang. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Date Night! George and Amal Clooney Step Out for Romantic Dinner in New York City," 6 Apr. 2018 Asaf Zmirly, an Israeli living in Bangkok, arrived with radios flown in from Israel that could operate within the cave, adjusting to the topography and creating a daisy-chain like network. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 The standout looks here — peony pink ruched tulle dresses with giant daisy appliqués and trompe l’oeil tops — offered an elevated take on the tuxedo-and-bow-tie T-shirt. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of daisy

: a type of white flower that has a yellow center


dai·​sy | \ˈdā-zē \
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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