fran·​gi·​pa·​ni | \ ˌfran-jə-ˈpa-nē How to pronounce frangipani (audio) , -ˈpä- \
variants: or less commonly frangipanni
plural frangipani also frangipanni

Definition of frangipani

1 : a perfume derived from or imitating the odor of the flower of a frangipani (Plumeria rubra)
2 : 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 Grape varieties from the Mediterranean (Malmsey) and mainland Portugal (Sercial, Verdelho, Bual) were planted alongside South American jacaranda and Polynesian frangipani in vineyards that soon blanketed the island. National Geographic, "Try the coveted wine that made this Portuguese island famous," 10 Jan. 2020 The Main Pavilion Restaurant and Bar offers a more formal three-course dining experience, atop a hill overlooking the harbor amid flowering frangipani and hibiscus. Diane Bair And Pamela Wright, USA TODAY, "Enjoy the Perfectly Private Petit St. Vincent," 12 Nov. 2019 Its top notes are white frangipani and incense smoke; the middle notes bring together tiare flower, ylang ylang essential oil, and sandalwood; and the base notes combine white cedar essential oil and white musk. Marci Robin, Allure, "Nars Launched Its First Signature Scent, Audacious Fragrance," 12 Sep. 2019 In gardens, the scent of frangipani carries on the damp breeze; in cities, that unmistakably Indian blend of ordure, asphalt and spice. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 There are tons of flowers—marigolds, roses, frangipani—all local. Sarah Khan, WSJ, "Uncovering the Modern Side of Jaipur: An Insider’s Guide," 6 Nov. 2018 On top of the berries and cream base layer is a rush of pungent flowers (tropical frangipani and ylang-ylang) and, finally, a sticky gloss of mango pulp. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018 Photography and art from local artists hang in the public spaces and in the rooms, and there's a lush garden with indigenous plants and flowers such as banana and frangipani trees and birds of paradise. New York Times, "At a Kigali Hotel, Luxury and Light," 12 May 2018 The perfumery sells unisex scents laced with limes, jasmine, or frangipani. Vogue, "Bachelorette Party Ideas for the Bride Who Believes in Magic," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of frangipani

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frangipani

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

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“Frangipani.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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