lav·​en·​der | \ ˈla-vən-dər How to pronounce lavender (audio) \

Definition of lavender

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a Mediterranean mint (Lavandula angustifolia synonym L. officinalis) widely cultivated for its narrow aromatic leaves and spikes of lilac-purple flowers which are dried and used in sachets and from which is extracted an aromatic oil used chiefly in perfumery
b : any of several plants congeneric with true lavender and used similarly but often considered inferior
2 : a pale purple


lavendered; lavendering\ ˈla-​vən-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce lavendering (audio) \

Definition of lavender (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to sprinkle or perfume with lavender

Examples of lavender in a Sentence

Noun a small cloth bag filled with lavender
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During this week’s preliminary onstage question and answer, Foreman sparkled in a lavender, fully beaded evening gown with an Art Deco-type design and generous, long sequined fringe. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Will Pearland’s Chandler Foreman win Miss America tonight?," 19 Dec. 2019 Rosalía wore a dramatic black blazer trench dress that flowed all the way down to her white heels, while Schafer wore yet another blazer dress, albeit a lavender one tailored to a much shorter length. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "The Most Exciting Fashion Friendship of the Year? Rosalia and Hunter Schafer," 18 Dec. 2019 But, let’s be honest, the lavender will make any look a headturner. Teen Vogue, "Urban Outfitters Is Now Selling Exclusive Lavender Ugg Boots," 22 Oct. 2019 Pentas are available in red, white, pink and lavender. Calvin Finch,, "Fall blooms to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your San Antonio garden," 13 Sep. 2019 Meg's was green and lavender, Beth's was brown and pink, Amy's was light blue, and Jo's was red and indigo. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Dressing Little Women: Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran on Color, Character, and Breaking the Rules," 25 Dec. 2019 This super soft sloth is filled with natural buckwheat grains and lavender, a plant known for its calming qualities. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Adorable Sloth Heating Pad Takes the Pain Away," 18 Dec. 2019 The farm grows lavender, which flavors the chicken breast and perfumes the restroom toiletries. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Albuquerque," 11 Dec. 2019 Cakes by Franck at Foxwoods had a display of whoopie pies that were color coordinated in red, orange, lavender, and blue. Denise Coffey,, "A Seasonal Tradition Tastefully Done," 4 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the past few months alone, she's gone from gray to silver to ash blue to bright aqua to teal to lavender to, just recently, jet-black. Rachel Lubitz,, "Billie Eilish Just Dyed Her Hair A Wild New Colour — & Fans Love It," 4 July 2019 But for those of you who want to drift off to dreamland, there’s always lavender soda. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "You’ll Never Miss the Booze: The New Non-Alcoholic Cocktails," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of lavender


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lavender


Middle English lavendre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin lavandula

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The first known use of lavender was in the 13th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lavender.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lavender

: a plant with narrow leaves and small purple flowers that have a sweet smell
: the dried leaves and flowers of the lavender plant used to make clothes and fabrics smell pleasant
: a pale purple color


lav·​en·​der | \ ˈla-vən-dər How to pronounce lavender (audio) \

Kids Definition of lavender

1 : a European mint with narrow leaves and stalks of small sweet-smelling pale violet flowers
2 : a pale purple

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