: 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

Examples of frond in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the original portrait, he is flanked by another man and some palm fronds, but the reproductions are cropped to show just Guevara’s head. Lucy McKeon, New York Times, 3 June 2024 Her 2020 Cab has aromas of black plum, fennel frond, cigar box, and cassis. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 As tens of thousands of faithful holding palm fronds in St. Peter’s Square looked on, the moment arrived in the Palm Sunday Mass for Pope Francis to deliver his homily in a service marking the beginning of Holy Week, one of the most demanding and significant on the Christian calendar. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Moscow concert attack:Survivors describe nightmare of fear and death The clerics, along with participants in a crowd estimated by Vatican police at about 60,000 people, held palm fronds and olive branches at the service. Philip Pullella, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for frond 

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Word History


Latin frond-, frons foliage

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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