hard·​wood | \ˈhärd-ˌwu̇d \

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

Other materials include cedar siding, metal roofing, engineered hardwood flooring, and bamboo countertops. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "This rad tiny house was made for colder climates," 12 June 2018 New interior walls and ceilings were added throughout the house, hardwood flooring was added in the living room, sitting room and second-floor bedrooms; and new tile that resembles slate was installed in the kitchen and both bathrooms. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A major renovation improved 1872 Walker's Point home but kept the Gothic Revival charm," 3 May 2018 Marvis had some of the marble replaced by hardwood flooring. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Portland's secret marble 'mausoleum' mansion sells for $500,000 (photos)," 19 Apr. 2018 Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the San Fenando valley, and vaulted ceilings, skylights, and hardwood flooring complete the package. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "See Inside Gwen Stefani's Over-The-Top Beverly Hills Mansion," 17 Apr. 2018 There are many upscale features such as crown molding and hardwood flooring in the living areas, not to mention the granite counters and stainless steel appliances for the kitchens. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Bidwell Village, Coventry," 5 Apr. 2018 Inside, an open floorplan and high ceilings are complemented by French oak eight-inch hardwood floors, waterfall quartz countertops, walnut motorized cabinetry, custom leaded crystal light fixtures, and furnishings by WRJ Interiors. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Mod mountain retreat asks $11.9M," 9 Nov. 2018 Multi-surface brushes work on both hardwood floors and carpets, sweeping away debris trapped along walls. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "iRobot’s Roomba Robotic Vacuum Is More Than $75 Off on Amazon Today," 16 Aug. 2018 Related stories from Miami Herald Field biologist treks through tropical hardwood hammocks to collect rare fern spores Florida Forever? Jim Turner, miamiherald, "Court says Legislature defied voters by diverting money meant to buy, preserve land," 15 June 2018

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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 \

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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