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

Secure the plywood to the three-sided hardwood frame with glue and nails. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Its 35 ultramodern units range from one to five bedrooms and have a laidback-luxe aesthetic with concrete floors, white walls, hardwood shutters and furniture, full kitchens and private patios or balconies overlooking the pools and ocean. Eric Rosen, WSJ, "Escape Winter with a Trip to This Under-the-Radar Destination," 6 Dec. 2018 Handcrafted by Japanese artisans with cruelty-free nylon bristles and a sustainable hardwood birch handle, editorial makeup star Gucci Westman’s new foundation brush creates a radiant party-ready complexion. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts Under $100 to Give Everyone on Your List," 19 Nov. 2018 Tile lines the main living room, and upstairs, hardwood lines a second one. Jack Flemming, The Seattle Times, "Flashy Miami penthouse from ‘War Dogs’ aims for $4.5 million," 22 Oct. 2018 Available with light maple or dark walnut hardwood cabinetry, the Little Guy Max also has a decent-sized kitchen area with a microwave, two-burner stove, a fridge, sink, and a floor to ceiling pantry. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 teardrop trailers you can buy right now," 31 Aug. 2018 Inside my apartment, the hardwood floors undulated like waves from the water buildup. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019 The interior floors are hardwood with the exception of the kitchen’s parquet floor and the tile floors in the two bathrooms. Joan Walden, courant.com, "63 Westland Avenue, West Hartford," 19 Jan. 2018 The football hangover was evident in the Coleman Coliseum seats if not the hardwood. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Alabama responds to Georgia blowout by pounding South Carolina," 10 Jan. 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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