ge·​ra·​ni·​um | \ jə-ˈrā-nē-əm How to pronounce geranium (audio) , -nyəm How to pronounce geranium (audio) \

Definition of geranium

1 : any of a widely distributed genus (Geranium of the family Geraniaceae, the geranium family) of plants having regular usually white, pink, or purple flowers with elongated styles and glands that alternate with the petals

called also cranesbill

3 : a vivid or strong red

Examples of geranium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are pink roses and red geraniums and plump green grapes dangling from arbors. David Zucchino, New York Times, "At a Maternity Center Near a War Zone, 20 Births in One Day," 12 Sep. 2019 Best of all, the smell of geranium, hibiscus, and annatto seed lingers on my skin throughout the day. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Bar Soap That's Saving My Skin This Fall," 11 Oct. 2019 After a swift pass of her hairbrush, Kerr sprays on a rose facial mist and applies her custom blend of geranium and neroli essential oils for a calmer body and mind. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Miranda Kerr Reveals Her Guide to Glowing Pregnancy Beauty," 7 Oct. 2019 Stunners like marigolds, mums, geraniums, and petunias are perfect for a blossoming balcony. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best Plants to Grow on Your Balcony, No Matter How Sunny or Shady it Is," 4 Oct. 2019 Along one of its walls were boxes of plants — geraniums and chrysanthemums, basil and hot peppers. David Brown, Washington Post, "In Morocco, 44 hours of lingering in a small village leaves a big impression," 30 Aug. 2019 Amá is standing in her apron facing her wall of pink geraniums. Longreads, "Kissed a Girl," 7 Nov. 2019 Bright reds and yellows paint the Austrian town’s 16th-century architecture; in spring and summer, flower boxes drape windows in geraniums and ivy; and cobblestone streets connect charming cafés, ornate churches, and Alpine inns. Danielle Page, National Geographic, "Why is this Bronze Age town so popular today?," 4 Nov. 2019 Tender perennials like geraniums (Pelargoniums) present the gardener with two choices. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Blodgett: As the inside season arrives, here are some tips to help us all get along," 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of geranium

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for geranium

New Latin, from Latin, geranium, from Greek geranion, from diminutive of geranos crane — more at crane

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The first known use of geranium was in 1548

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Geranium.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of geranium

: a plant that is grown for its red, white, pink, or purple flowers


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Kids Definition of geranium

: a plant often grown for its bright flowers

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