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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With her black bow headband and lavender hair, Williams looked like the perfect mix of both classic and modern beauty. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nathalie Emmanuel and Maisie Williams Both Wore the Urban Decay Game of Thrones Collab," 4 Apr. 2019 The mocktail version: Omit elderflower liqueur and lavender bitters. Kate Richards, Country Living, "Spring Bouquet Cocktail," 19 Mar. 2019 What prompted that add-on?I’d been dying to see the lavender fields there. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stylist Shiona Turini on Why Travelers Should Always Talk to Strangers," 28 Aug. 2018 This super creamy, super pigmented formula is an exact cross between a gloss and a lipstick, and the latest launch features vibrant matte shades, like this fun lavender. Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "Victoria Justice Gets A Headstart On Spring's Purple Lip Trend—And Now You Can Too," 23 Jan. 2014 Nothing stokes wanderlust quite like a colorful photo, and some of the world’s most beautiful cities are awash in turquoise, lavender, golden yellows, and more. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Try ferns, European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum), sedges (Carex spp.), lavender, lamiums (Lamium maculatum), sedums, and lungworts (Pulmonaria spp.). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 And that means finding a formula that’s bland, bland, bland, with absolutely zero essential oils—like lavender, peppermint, and rose—which tend to only irritate sensitive skin. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 11 July 2018 The newest one has notes of fresh grapefruit, lavender, geranium, cedar, and a creamy New Caledonian sandalwood, which Chanel calls a superior ingredient that inspired the bottle’s bold new look. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Chanel’s Newest Fragrance Is for Men Who Meditate," 31 May 2018

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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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