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 Downtown businesses will participate in promoting and selling lavender. Cathy Kozlowicz, Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2022 Besides honeysuckle, there are a range of other natural scents to choose from, including basil, geranium, lemon verbena, and lavender. Lauren Gray, Popular Mechanics, 26 June 2022 Photos from their visit show Kate kicking a soccer ball on grass—even while wearing a pair of espadrille wedges and a lavender chiffon dress from LK Bennett. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 June 2022 Made of durable, dishwasher-safe plastic that comes in a variety of colors from lavender to sky blue. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 22 June 2022 Purple Rain made with Empress 1908 Gin, elderflower, maraschino, lemon and lavender syrup. Robin Soslow, Chron, 19 June 2022 As the days lengthen toward the summer solstice, the city’s roses unfurl their petals in an exuberant palette: coral, apricot, wine-red, lavender, sunny yellow. Mary Winston Nicklin, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 This one comes in four popsicle-bright colors (plus black and a striped option) like the electric lavender seen here. Ariel Scotti,, 17 June 2022 Use fresh cut lavender to weave fragrant wands and explore other uses including decorative, household and culinary applications. oregonlive, 17 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To eliminate ants naturally, mix peppermint or lavender oil (two scents ants hate) with water and spray mixture on entry points like windowsills or door frames. Maribeth Jones, Country Living, 14 June 2022 The citrus, frankincense, almond, and lavender essential oils in our CBD topical balm are just a few of the fragrances found. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 With charcoal, witch hazel, and lavender oil, this mask will draw out impurities, while also soothing sensitivity to leave the skin glowy and fresh. ELLE, 20 May 2022 The star ingredient of this After-Shave Balm, lavender essential oil, supports calm skin, which is especially important after the damage caused by shaving. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 This two-in-one body wash and soak features Epsom salts to help relax sore muscles and lavender extract for aromatherapy benefits. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2022 Keep things soft and simple with shades of pink, peach, and lavender in a classic scoop-back cut. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 13 May 2022 Featuring goodies like safflower, rosehip, olive, and lavender oil too, expect this to provide lightweight moisture to natural hair, especially those with low porosity strands—even working to prevent flakiness and itchiness. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2022 Formulated with salt, aloe vera, and lavender essential oils, this spray adds volume to the hair and a soothing scent to your skin. ELLE, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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