lavender

noun
lav·​en·​der | \ ˈla-vən-dər \

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 \

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

In addition to traditional and contemporary craft ciders, Finnriver makes botanical ciders, including a soft, fruity blend of black currant and lavender, and a crisp, tart cranberry-rosehip mix. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Destination Dining: Finnriver Farm & Cidery," 25 Sep. 2018 The martinis will featuring No.209 Gin and edible flowers such as rose, geranium, lavender, and snapdragons. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Here are Earth Day activities happening around the country," 20 Apr. 2018 Patel recommends the BBB London Nourishing Brow Oil, which is made with sweet almond and rosemary oil to nourish hair and promote growth, and lavender and sandalwood to condition. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Expert Guide To Growing Your Eyebrows," 17 Dec. 2018 The red, yellow, white, lavender, pink, blue and orange blooms on the 3-foot stalks are hard to match. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What’s blooming in S.A. gardens now in April," 20 Apr. 2018 Or ask one of the staff to create a blend for your stay (complimentary for guests) — the lavender, cedarwood, and chamomile blend works wonders for relaxing. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Cedarbrook Lodge is Seattle’s airport hideaway," 13 Mar. 2018 The Calming Smelling Salts This small, gilded vial is filled with a reinvigorating mix of amethyst and Hawaiian black salts infused with a unique mix of antiviral lavender, patchouli, and peppermint oils designed to ward off germs—and bad energy! Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018 From the looks of the bath bomb itself, the rich ingredients dissolve into the water to flawlessly recreate the lavender, pink, and cerulean waves painted onto Ariana herself by artist Alexa Meade in the music video. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Lush Announces Bath Bomb Inspired by Ariana Grande's "God Is a Woman" Music Video," 17 Nov. 2018 Traditional French country motifs also include lavender, roosters, olives, and sunflowers, though these are more typical for things like table linens and curtain panels. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About French Country Design," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 \

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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