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 For the first time since her MVP season two years ago, Elena Delle Donne will return to the hardwood. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2021 From the pool to the pitch to the track to the octagon to the hardwood, Alaskans made sports news week after week. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2021 Londynn Jones crashes to the hardwood, a rebound escaping her. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2021 Granted, Harden doesn't just bring all-world talent to the hardwood. Mike Mazzeo, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Carrington’s shot was stuffed and fell harmlessly to the hardwood as the referee’s whistle remained silent, allowing No. 1 seed Connecticut to hold on for a 69-67 win against No. 2 seed Baylor in the Elite Eight on Monday in the Alamodome. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Mar. 2021 The Bears returned to the hardwood on Tuesday night, defeating Iowa State 77-72 at home in Waco. Dallas News, 24 Feb. 2021 Currie sourced a suitably strong pine as an alternative to hardwood, though the latter would have been used in Gilchrist’s time. Petro Kotzé, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Dec. 2020 Now Serrano’s ode to the hardwood is getting a hardcover. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, 2 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At this time of year, semi-hardwood cuttings are the most successful. oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2021 Under high ceilings are hardwood floors, six bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 5,991 square feet of living space. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hardwood.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hardwood


1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Buying Guide

Our team at The Usage has selected the best hardwood floor cleaner of 2021.

Learn More About hardwood

Time Traveler for hardwood

Time Traveler

The first known use of hardwood was in 1686

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near hardwood




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for hardwood

Last Updated

30 Nov 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hardwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardwood. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for hardwood



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

More from Merriam-Webster on hardwood

Nglish: Translation of hardwood for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hardwood


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!