jar·​di·​niere ˌjär-də-ˈnir How to pronounce jardiniere (audio) ˌzhär-dᵊn-ˈyer How to pronounce jardiniere (audio)
variants or jardinière
: an ornamental stand for plants or flowers
: a large usually ceramic flowerpot holder
: a garnish for meat consisting of several cooked vegetables cut into pieces

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The seeds of jardiniere were planted back in ancient Germanic languages whose words for "garden" eventually grew into Old French jardin, a term that produced several offshoots, including the French word jardinier, meaning "gardener," and its feminine form jardinière (literally, "female gardener"). It was that jardinière that blossomed into the French (and later the English) word for a large ornamental flowerpot or plant stand. By the way, the Germanic forerunners of the French terms are also distantly linked to another word important to English-speakers: garden.

Word History


French jardinière, literally, female gardener

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of jardiniere was in 1841


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“Jardiniere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jardiniere. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


jar·​di·​niere ˌjärd-ᵊn-ˈi(ə)r How to pronounce jardiniere (audio)
: an ornamental stand or pot for plants or flowers
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