lavender

noun
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

lavender

verb
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

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Benefits of Growing Lavender As with many plants, lavender is naturally very beneficial for a multitude of reasons. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here’s Why You’ll Definitely Want to Be Planting Lavender in Your Garden This Season," 25 Apr. 2019 Some good ones for rest: lavender, petitgrain, chamomile, geranium, sandalwood and rose. Barbara Brody, Woman's Day, "11 Ways to Destress Before Bed," 28 Jan. 2013 Adding roses or lavender will help relax the body and mind as well. Lisa Stardust, Teen Vogue, "How to Use Magic to Banish Energy Vampires," 28 May 2019 In hot, humid climates like Florida’s, lavender will do well in containers. Dean Fosdick, The Seattle Times, "Lavender: The ‘Swiss Army knife’ of fragrant herbs," 26 Mar. 2019 From lavenders to lime greens, the buildings are a soothing and photogenic complement to the historic city’s cobblestoned streets and picturesque seaside panoramas. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 And quirky choices abound, as in the kitchen, where a pink-and-lavender ombré paper by Thibaut covers both the walls and the Sub-Zero refrigerator. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Janie Molster Strongly Believes There is No Such a Thing as Too Much Pink," 6 Feb. 2019 Posting her latest ensemble on Instagram, Cardi shared a snap of her lavender vinyl two-piece from Christian Siriano’s Pre-Fall collection. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Cardi B’s Track Suit Is Extra-Extra, Of Course," 9 Jan. 2019 Through large windows with no shutters, a breeze scented with lavender and rosemary rushes over the grapes, an ancient process of drying known as appassimento that concentrates the fruit as moisture dissipates. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019

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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

Noun

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

Verb

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lavender

Noun

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

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lavender

noun

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

lavender

noun
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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