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

Noun They used expensive hardwoods for the flooring. oaks, maples, and other hardwoods
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Roy designed the space and did much of the finishing himself, reimagining it with hardwood floors, whitewashed walls and Germanic stencil typography on a coal-black facade. Nick Marino, New York Times, "The Fashion Photographer Who Traded Film for Flour," 11 Nov. 2020 Dark hardwood floors, picture windows, custom fireplaces and intricate moldings touch up spaces such as a scenic dining area and step-down living room. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Nick Kroll eyes $2.35 million for his Los Feliz charmer," 7 Nov. 2020 My parents had to remove their shoes at the door or leave lavender footprints all over the hardwood floors. Lacy Warner, Vogue, "Growing Up Abroad, the Delia’s Catalog Was My Connection to America," 6 Nov. 2020 The distressed hardwood floors, which have held up to the kids as well as two family dogs. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Dated '90s Kitchen Becomes an Inviting Hangout," 5 Nov. 2020 The auto-adjusting brush head adapts its height to effectively clean carpets along with more leveled hardwood floors. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Tons of iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners are on sale for Black Friday 2020," 4 Nov. 2020 Academic work has given Hartman a comfortable life—the apartment, provided by Columbia, is spacious, with hardwood floors, West African-cloth table runners, and a view of Riverside Park. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, "How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black Life," 19 Oct. 2020 The room features high ceilings, extensive millwork, hardwood floors, a marble fireplace and an extravagant chandelier. Joey Morona, cleveland, "1870 Victorian in Chagrin Falls historic district asks $1.795M: House of the Week," 9 Oct. 2020 Built in 1910, many of its original features—including hardwood floors, light fixtures and fireplaces—are still intact; the property, which is currently listed at $298,500, also boasts a pool, a gazebo and a three-car garage. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Could Own the House of Horrors From ‘Silence of the Lambs’," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Under high ceilings are hardwood floors, six bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 5,991 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "Bootleggers are part of the fascinating history of the 1893 Levi Hexter mansion in King’s Hill.," 6 Nov. 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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“Hardwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardwood. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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