: a large leaf (especially of a palm or fern) usually with many divisions
: a thallus or thalloid shoot (as of a lichen or seaweed) resembling a leaf
fronded adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As Larry discusses his photos, they’re projected on Michael Yeargan’s set, which otherwise replicates a kind of lime-green mid-century California (with a few trendy postwar Polynesian touches, like a couch covered in a palm-frond print). Vulture, 9 Feb. 2023 Each frond has several slender leaflets with a pale silvery strip down the middle. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2023 Each rustic-luxe treehouse suite, set on stilts amid the treetops, combines a timber and palm frond structure with romantic interiors pairing artisanal design detail with luxury amenities including a freestanding bathtub and outdoor shower. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 Additionally, winners may have received a woolen ribbon, called a taenia, to wrap around their heads and a palm frond to brandish. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 This evergreen shrub has frond-like leaves and dramatic sprays of bright yellow flowers, which appear in late fall or early winter. Jessica Cherner, House Beautiful, 21 Oct. 2022 At Sueños at Soho House in Chicago, this Spanish twist on a spritz includes vermouth, cava, pineapple, honey, and lemon and garnished with a pineapple frond. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Sixteen-year-old Wgasa spends much of the day asleep underneath a blanket in the dayroom, and his companion, 17-year-old Rayma, sits in the corner of the dayroom holding a palm frond up in front of her. Gloria Rebecca Gomez, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2022 One, dressed in white, carries a frond of a lily of the valley. cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin frond-, frons foliage

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of frond was in 1785

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“Frond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frond. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a large leaf especially of a fern or palm tree that often has many divisions

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