Definition of lilac
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 : a variable color averaging a moderate purple
Recent Examples of lilac from the Web
Dunham posted a series of selfies of her rocking a mermaid-esque light turquoise and lilac boob-length wig with gray tones.
Sixty-five eager diners gathered at communal tables amid purple lilacs, dogwood branches and poppies.
In early summer, it is covered with a profusion of tubular flowers in shades of pale lilac and lavender.
So while the Japanese tree lilacs, which smell so sweet, are about done, the climbing hydrangea is still going strong.
Lilac | Brekeriet (Sweden) This sour ale from Sweden’s popular Brekeriet is brewed with lilac flowers freshly picked in Skane, in Southern Sweden.
In another part of the garden, a gnarled lilac grows with one branch painted chartreuse, and zinnias peek out of a water trough.
Inside, festive table centerpieces created by Saddle & Cycle Club member Michaela Parrillo featured hatboxes filled with silk flowers in shades of pink, lilac and green.
The Lombard Park District's park is on 8.5-acres and features 700 lilacs and 25,000 tulips.
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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: 1625See Words from the same year
LILAC Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of lilac for Students
1 : a bush having clusters of fragrant pink, purple, or white flowers
2 : a medium purple
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