henna

1 of 2

noun

hen·​na ˈhe-nə How to pronounce henna (audio)
1
: a reddish-brown dye that is used especially on hair and in temporary tattoos and is obtained from the leaves of an Old World tropical shrub or small tree
2
: the Old World tropical shrub or small tree (Lawsonia inermis) of the loosestrife family that yields henna dye and has small opposite leaves and clusters of fragrant usually white flowers

henna

2 of 2

verb

hennaed; hennaing; hennas

transitive verb

: to dye with henna
a woman with hennaed hair

Examples of henna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Mitali shows off her henna from the pre-wedding mehendi ceremony. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Apr. 2024 Mah-ze-Dahr’s chaand raat at Brookfield place in Downtown Manhattan will have henna artists, jewelry sourced from Pakistan, activities for children, and samosas and sliders from Lahori Kabab and BK Jani alongside her signature treats. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Apr. 2024 Additionally, Frey said that henna is not approved for skin application. Brittany Kasko, Fox News, 14 Feb. 2024 The couple could also infuse personalized touches into their itinerary, from hookah and henna during their welcome cocktail evening to honoring Denali, the Indian festival of lights, with sparklers. USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for henna 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Arabic ḥinnā'

First Known Use

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of henna was in 1600

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“Henna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henna. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

henna

1 of 2 noun
hen·​na ˈhen-ə How to pronounce henna (audio)
: a reddish brown dye obtained from the leaves of an Old World tropical shrub and used especially on hair

henna

2 of 2 verb
hennaed
ˈhen-əd
; hennaing
: to dye or tint with henna

Medical Definition

henna

noun
hen·​na ˈhen-ə How to pronounce henna (audio)
1
: an Old World tropical shrub or small tree (Lawsonia inermis) of the loosestrife family (Lythraceae) with clusters of fragrant white flowers
2
: a reddish brown dye obtained from the leaves of the henna plant and used especially on hair and in temporary tattoos

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