lilac

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noun li·lac \ˈlī-ˌläk, -ˌlak, -lək\

Definition of lilac

  1. 1a :  a widely cultivated European shrub (Syringa vulgaris) of the olive family that has cordate ovate leaves and large panicles of fragrant pinkish-purple or white flowersb :  a tree or shrub congeneric with the lilac

  2. 2 :  a variable color averaging a moderate purple

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Origin and Etymology of lilac

obsolete French (now lilas), from Arabic līlak, from Persian nīlak bluish, from nīl blue, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue


First Known Use: 1625


LILAC Defined for English Language Learners

lilac

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noun li·lac \ˈlī-ˌläk, -ˌlak, -lək\

Definition of lilac for English Language Learners

  • : a type of bush with purple or white flowers that bloom in the spring

  • : a light purple color


LILAC Defined for Kids

lilac

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noun li·lac \ˈlī-ˌläk, -ˌlak, -lək\

Definition of lilac for Students

  1. 1 :  a bush having clusters of fragrant pink, purple, or white flowers

  2. 2 :  a medium purple


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