fran·​gi·​pa·​ni ˌfran-jə-ˈpa-nē How to pronounce frangipani (audio)
variants or less commonly frangipanni
plural frangipani also frangipanni
: a perfume derived from or imitating the odor of the flower of a frangipani (Plumeria rubra)
: any of a genus (Plumeria) of shrubs or small trees of the dogbane family that are native to the American tropics and widely cultivated as ornamentals

Examples of frangipani in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flowering frangipani stand over an Islamic cemetery near its piers, centered around a centuries-old shrine to an Arab pilgrim. Maahil Mohamed Elke Scholiers, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 While the many seaside villas are surrounded by sculptural frangipani, the Buddhist monasteries inland often sit among banyan trees with great rustling canopies. Chandrahas Choudhury, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Mar. 2024 Staffers greeted me with a garland of fragrant frangipani, offered me a pisco sour, then ushered me out to an airy villa overlooking the coastline. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 Van Houtte—in Chloé sneakers, soft black pants, and a long black coat embroidered with frangipani and chrysanthemums—founded the company in 2016. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Island Orchid is a floral fragrance, with notes of orchid and frangipani, while Palm Leaf Mist has notes of citrus. Lauren Phillips, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Mar. 2023 Nihi Sumba is still the island’s most famous stay—28 thatched villas among the frangipani trees, with infinity plunge pools and private butlers to organize sunset horse rides on the beach. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 June 2022 Small black hummingbirds dance between copal trees, floating from the blooms of bright yellow oleander and dusty pink frangipani for nectar. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 7 June 2022 And a frangipani tree’s curly branches contrast with its delicate red flowers. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022

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Word History


modification of Italian frangipane, from Muzio Frangipane, 16th century Italian nobleman

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of frangipani was in 1675

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Cite this Entry

“Frangipani.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also frangipanni
plural frangipani also frangipanni
: any of several shrubs or small trees that have thick fleshy branches and large fragrant waxy-looking white, yellow, red, or pink flowers and are native to the American tropics but are grown elsewhere for their beauty
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