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


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


a small cloth bag filled with lavender

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cali Cream sells a whopping 70 flavors dreamed up exclusively by Schulenburg and Ortiz, like lavender honeycomb and root beer float. Pam Kragen,, "22 San Diego ice cream shops where you can cool off on this very hot day," 6 July 2018 The play: Cheeseburger & fries ($16), foie gras éclair with lavender honey ($14), chicken wings, liver mousse, hot sauce ($12) Mi Tocaya 2800 W. Logan Blvd. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Date night under $50: What to order at some of Chicago's best restaurants," 12 July 2018 Muskogee is a favorite lavender-blooming crape myrtle. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "There’s a lot to love about crape myrtles," 6 July 2018 Flavors can include peanut butter, lavender honey, jasmine green tea, s'mores and root beer, and seasonal selections like the current Chicken & Waffles. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Waldo ice cream shop adding River Market location | The Kansas City Star," 17 Apr. 2018 Dishes include a Korean noodle salad, parfait made with summer berries, responsibly sourced striped sea bass, watermelon mojito and lavender coconut cold brew. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Oprah invests in True Food Kitchen, former Sam Fox restaurant that started in Phoenix," 11 July 2018 At the center of all this, deep in fuzzy shade, is the lavender female figure that seems arbitrarily positioned, looking straight at us, holding an apple. Sidney Lawrence, WSJ, "A Muse Embedded in Mystery," 22 June 2018 Take the Positano, whose pale lavender and ice blue quartz stones keenly recall the famous cluster of candy-colored houses clinging to that Italian cliffside; it is finished with a delicate periwinkle shell. Monica Kim, Vogue, "SVNR’s Colorful Keepsake Earrings Turn Forgotten Objects Into Chic Mementos," 13 July 2018 Blueberries play well with many flavors, including lemon, orange, pecan, lavender, basil and goat cheese. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Little blue dynamos,' blueberries pack in flavor and nutrients," 11 June 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


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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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 \

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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