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

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In the atrium of Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, guests took their seats at tables scented with fresh-cut gardenias and found boxed Godiva truffles awaiting them. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019 The Energizing Mist For starter’s, the CAPtivator’s scent, a heady mix of sandalwood, neroli, and clary sage topped off with gardenia and lotus florals, is addictive. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018 Judy made her entrance in slacks, Capezio slippers, a fresh gardenia tucked behind her tiny ear, looking all of sixteen. Country Living, "Judy Garland and Sid Luft's Star-Crossed Love Affair," 2 Mar. 2017 Complete azalea and gardenia pruning by month's end. 43. Tom Maccubbin,, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 The smell of sweet temptation 🍒 KIMOJI CHERRY includes notes of juicy red cherry, luscious raspberry, sweet strawberry, cherry blossom, gardenia petals, vanilla, woods and musk. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Dropping Three New Perfumes Inspired By Her Kimojis," 9 July 2018 Pruning time for azaleas and camellias is over; continue to prune gardenias and bougainvillea. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 No food colorings are used: Thai iced tea turns the grains burnt orange, gardenia fruit yields yellow, and butterfly pea flower is boiled until its petals stream blue. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Thai Dishes That Pave a Chef’s Path Home in Elmhurst, Queens," 10 May 2018 Question: Our three-year-old gardenia has grown very little and is not flowering. Tom Maccubbin,, "Poor root system hinders plant growth," 19 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gardenia

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


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Kids Definition of gardenia

: a large white or yellowish flower with a fragrant smell

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