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lavender

noun lav·en·der \ ˈla-vən-dər \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of lavender

1 a : 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

Examples of lavender in a Sentence

  1. a small cloth bag filled with lavender

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Origin and Etymology of lavender

Middle English lavendre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin lavandula


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lavender

verb

Definition of lavender

lavendered; lavendering play \ˈla-vən-d(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
: to sprinkle or perfume with lavender

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First Known Use of lavender

1820


LAVENDER Defined for English Language Learners

lavender

noun

Definition of lavender for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

lavender

noun lav·en·der \ ˈla-vən-dər \

Definition of lavender for Students

1 : a European mint with narrow leaves and stalks of small sweet-smelling pale violet flowers
2 : a pale purple

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