glad·​i·​o·​la ˌgla-dē-ˈō-lə How to pronounce gladiola (audio)

Examples of gladiola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colored spotlights scanned the room, decorated with red, white and blue balloons and arrangements of white gladiolas. Eula Calahan, Arkansas Online, 15 Aug. 2023 People scrubbed their family grave plots with brushes before scattering marigold petals and leaving vases of gladiolas, photos, and personal remembrances., 17 Oct. 2019 Lift tender bulbs and store (begonias, dahlias, gladiolas, etc.) Hardy bulbs (tulips, daffodils, crocus, etc.) can be planted until the ground is frozen. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2019 Their wives, mothers and other family members and friends, dressed in white and carrying gladiolas, began weekly marches along Havana's Fifth Avenue in support of the release of the prisoners. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, 17 May 2018 The flower cross was soon heavy with fragrant lilies, gladiolas, roses and even a few colorful weeds from tiny children's hands, and was changed before our eyes into Holy art. Greg Garrison,, 26 Mar. 2018 The last questions have to do with when to start gladiolas and dahlias. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Mar. 2018 Invest in Future Blooms Now is the time to plant summer bulbs like dahlias and gladiolas. Kier Holmes, Sunset, 22 Jan. 2018 Petunia, calibrachoa, tuberous begonia, the herb lavender, gladiolas and lilacs are among plants with violet tones. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, 16 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History


back-formation from gladiolus, taken as a plural

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gladiola was in 1926

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“Gladiola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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glad·​i·​o·​la ˌglad-ē-ˈō-lə How to pronounce gladiola (audio)
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