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 lavender (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 An amalgam of nourishing ginger, lavender, rosemary, and black pepper essential oils, this magic tonic takes aches and pain to task beyond the bath—and feels like an extra layer of warmth underneath pajamas. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Hot Ginger Bath Is the Perfect Detox Ritual for Winter," 30 Dec. 2020 Available in three scents — French lavender, sugared yuzu with grapefruit or kiwi cucumber — via Alabama Goods. Mary Colurso |, al, "Holiday gift guide 2020: 12 gifts shaped like the state of Alabama," 5 Dec. 2020 Additionally, several scientific studies have found that some essential oils (including lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, lemon, rose, and grapefruit, to name a few) may positively impact your mood, health, and nervous system. Lauren Dana, Allure, "Cyber Monday Is The Best Time to Buy An Essential Oil Diffuser," 30 Nov. 2020 The Oushak carpet adds color to the room's gray, white, and lavender hues. House Beautiful, "A Timeless Brookline Home Designed to Be Durable," 13 Jan. 2021 Incorporate shades of buff to a collection of soft shades—from seafoam and lavender to rosewater and buttercup. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Most Daring Color Palettes for Spring Weddings," 13 Jan. 2021 Various lattes are made with spirulina and lavender; turmeric and cinnamon; and raspberry and beetroot. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food and drink news: Local restaurant and industry updates," 18 Dec. 2020 In addition to the quinine and prickly pear, this ruby-red syrup contains citrus peel, lavender, lemongrass, allspice, cardamom and kaffir lime leaves. Paul Stephen,, "San Antonio-made Bexar Tonics syrups give a puro San Antonio flair to cocktails," 15 Dec. 2020 The herbal menstrual pads and liners will be infused with essential oils for soothing comfort and its beloved cooling sensation as well as lavender, rose, aloe vera and mint to soothe and refresh. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Honey Pot Is Launching New Products This Spring," 30 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kashiwadani cautions that this study looked at linalool, not lavender odor specifically. Jillian Mock, Popular Science, "Lavender might actually help you relax," 25 Oct. 2018 The new restaurant is assembling boxes of spinach-goat cheese frittata, French toast, sausage, bacon and hashbrowns — ready to be popped into an oven all together — plus smoked trout sour cream, fresh fruit and lavender yogurt. Janelle Bitker,, "26 Bay Area restaurants celebrating Christmas with takeout meals," 10 Dec. 2020 The BeRelaxed box in particular features floral and lavender scents and includes a bath tea (basically a bath bomb), body butter, sugar scrub, a face mask, and essential oil soap. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "25 thoughtful get-well-soon gifts to send to loved ones," 9 Dec. 2020 The kit also includes amber glass bottles, castile soap, and lemon, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Zero-Waste Cleaning Kits Have Everything You Need for a Sparkling Home," 9 Nov. 2020 Show your guests your mixology skills with their Luckygirl Cocktail Kit ($45), a collection of three products including simple syrup, lavender bitters and lemon-lime shrub, as well as a handy recipe card. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Shop this exclusive line of handcrafted Canadian artisan products at Simons," 13 Oct. 2020 The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza has a new beer made specifically for them by Fifty West Brewing Company using honey and lavender straight from the hotel's rooftops. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Netherland Plaza, Fifty West beer collab uses honey from hotel's rooftop hives," 22 Sep. 2020 Things like bottles of merlot, lavender salts and even fresh produce. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "Taking a Road Trip During the Pandemic? Consider Camping (Legally) on Private Land," 3 Aug. 2020 The orange blossom and lavender pain perdu is a must, as well as a bottle of wine and/or a four-person batch brunch cocktail. Linnea Covington, The Know, "18 places that will help you celebrate mom on Mother’s Day," 5 May 2020

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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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“Lavender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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