gardenia

noun
gar·​de·​nia | \ gär-ˈdē-nyə How to pronounce gardenia (audio) \

Definition of gardenia

: any of a large genus (Gardenia) of Old World tropical trees and shrubs of the madder family with showy fragrant white or yellow flowers

Examples of gardenia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your gardenia was grafted to provide a nematode-resistant root system. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Start foxglove seeds now," 22 Nov. 2019 Narrow shops sold gardenia, musk, and amber incense alongside sweatshirts promoting the Israel Defense Forces. Dan Baum, Harper's magazine, "Happiness Is a Worn Gun," 22 Aug. 2019 Timeless gardenia, tiara flower and velvet tuberose bring a trio of white florals to the heart offering a narcotic opulence and grand sillage. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian is Launching a KKW Fragrance Candle," 16 Sep. 2019 Narrow shops sold gardenia, musk, and amber incense alongside sweatshirts promoting the Israel Defense Forces. Dan Baum, Harper's magazine, "Happiness Is a Worn Gun," 22 Aug. 2019 Narrow shops sold gardenia, musk, and amber incense alongside sweatshirts promoting the Israel Defense Forces. Dan Baum, Harper's magazine, "Happiness Is a Worn Gun," 22 Aug. 2019 Narrow shops sold gardenia, musk, and amber incense alongside sweatshirts promoting the Israel Defense Forces. Dan Baum, Harper's magazine, "Happiness Is a Worn Gun," 22 Aug. 2019 Narrow shops sold gardenia, musk, and amber incense alongside sweatshirts promoting the Israel Defense Forces. Dan Baum, Harper's magazine, "Happiness Is a Worn Gun," 22 Aug. 2019 Narrow shops sold gardenia, musk, and amber incense alongside sweatshirts promoting the Israel Defense Forces. Dan Baum, Harper's magazine, "Happiness Is a Worn Gun," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gardenia

1756, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gardenia

New Latin, from Alexander Garden †1791 Scottish naturalist

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The first known use of gardenia was in 1756

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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gardenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gardenia. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for gardenia

gardenia

noun
How to pronounce gardenia (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gardenia

: a large white or yellowish flower that has a pleasant smell

gardenia

noun
gar·​de·​nia | \ gär-ˈdē-nyə How to pronounce gardenia (audio) \

Kids Definition of gardenia

: a large white or yellowish flower with a fragrant smell

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