gar·​de·​nia gär-ˈdē-nyə How to pronounce gardenia (audio)
: 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 The focus of the celebration on Wednesday evening was the latest fragrance, Mediterranean Honeysuckle Tiare, inspired by tropical scents with notes of a Tahitian gardenia known as the ‘tiare’ and grapefruit. Erin Michelle Newberg, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2024 Finish: Matte Key ingredients: Botanical blend of lotus, gardenia, and white waterlily, plus vitamin E Staying power: Long-lasting Ease of application: The precision, doe-foot applicator makes for quick and easy application. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2024 The best part is that its formulation contains a botanical blend of white waterlily, gardenia and lotus, which helps to nourish and soothe the skin with each application. Denise Primbet, Glamour, 8 Feb. 2024 The natural scent of lavender, gardenia vanilla and jasmine brings on sweet dreams. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Gleaming Gardenia Flower Hoops Switch up your everyday jewelry style with this pair of gardenia hoops. Carly Totten, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 In a multi-city plot, saffron was being bulked up with inexpensive gardenia extracts from China. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 Best fragrances for Gemini: Delicate scents like jasmine, gardenia, and cashmere musk paired with the stronger rosemary and lemon play on each other—just like a Gemini’s multi-dimensional personality. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2023 Florist also triggers some less-recent memories with its gardenia, honeysuckle, and jasmine mid-notes, a combination also used in Viva La Juicy, an iconic fragrance that launched toward the end of my high school days. Kara McGrath, Allure, 15 Nov. 2023

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Word History


New Latin, from Alexander Garden †1791 Scottish naturalist

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gardenia was in 1756

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“Gardenia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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gar·​de·​nia gär-ˈdē-nyə How to pronounce gardenia (audio)
: any of various Old World tropical trees and shrubs with leathery leaves and fragrant white or yellow flowers
also : one of the flowers

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