hard·​wood | \ ˈhärd-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce hardwood (audio) \

Definition of hardwood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the wood of an angiospermous tree as distinguished from that of a coniferous tree
2 : a tree that yields hardwood
3 : a basketball court



Definition of hardwood (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having or made of hardwood hardwood floors
2 : consisting of mature woody tissue hardwood cuttings

Examples of hardwood in a Sentence


They used expensive hardwoods for the flooring. oaks, maples, and other hardwoods

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The living spaces keep things bright with white walls, light hardwood floors and plenty of windows. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Actress to actress: Kirsten Dunst sells charming Toluca Lake home to Annie Potts," 16 Sep. 2019 Generous-sized bedrooms all have custom closets, hardwood floors and private baths. chicagotribune.com, "Coastal-style home in Downers Grove: $875,000," 14 Sep. 2019 The kitchen has stainless appliances, hardwood floors, and a bath with laundry in what was once a butler’s pantry. BostonGlobe.com, "84 FOSDYKE ROAD / PROVIDENCE," 14 Sep. 2019 Designer touches include distressed hardwood floors, a red Dutch door, custom wainscoting and crown molding, and plantation shutters. Daily Pilot, "Political Landscape: Ex-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher sells Costa Mesa home," 12 Sep. 2019 Listing agent Charles Ramsay of eXp Realty describes the home as having high ceilings, bay windows, hardwood floors, three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. oregonlive, "Beautiful 130-year-old Lair Hill townhouse, once saved from the wrecking ball, is now for sale," 6 Sep. 2019 The main gymnasium's hardwood floor buckled, arching a few feet in the air in some spots. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "After $285 million bond Sheldon ISD nears debuts of new football stadium, high school," 5 Sep. 2019 Lightweight and designed to remove ground-in dirt, this vac works on everything from carpets to hardwood floors. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 3 Sep. 2019 The apartment offers a mix of hardwood floors and carpeting, in-unit laundry, a dishwasher and a fireplace — and the property is pet-friendly. Hoodline, The Mercury News, "How much apartment will $4,000 get you in Sunnyvale?," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hardwood


1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hardwood was in 1686

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English Language Learners Definition of hardwood

: the wood of a tree (such as an oak or maple) that is heavy and hard
: a tree that produces hardwood


hard·​wood | \ ˈhärd-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce hardwood (audio) \

Kids Definition of hardwood

1 : the usually hard wood of a tree (as a maple or oak) with broad leaves as distinguished from the wood of a tree (as a pine) with leaves that are needles
2 : a tree that produces hardwood

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