jar·​di·​niere | \ ˌjär-də-ˈnir How to pronounce jardiniere (audio) , ˌzhär-dᵊn-ˈyer, -ˈer \
variants: or jardinière

Definition of jardiniere

1a : an ornamental stand for plants or flowers
b : a large usually ceramic flowerpot holder
2 : 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.

First Known Use of jardiniere

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for jardiniere

French jardinière, literally, female gardener

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“Jardiniere.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jardiniere. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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