lin·​den | \ ˈlin-dən How to pronounce linden (audio) \

Definition of linden

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1 : any of a genus (Tilia of the family Tiliaceae, the linden family) of deciduous trees of temperate regions that have cordate leaves and a winglike bract attached to the peduncle of the flower and fruit and that are often planted as ornamental and shade trees: such as
a : a commonly cultivated European tree (T. europaea synonym T. vulgaris) much used for ornamental planting
b : a tree (T. americana) chiefly of the central and eastern U.S.

called also basswood

2 : the light fine-grained white wood of a linden especially : basswood sense 2


geographical name
Lin·​den | \ ˈlin-dən How to pronounce Linden (audio) \

Definition of Linden (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northeastern New Jersey south-southwest of Elizabeth population 40,499

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linden 1: branch with bract and fruit

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Outside, allées of linden trees, planted in maturity 120 years ago, have now attained Brobdingnagian magnificence (and continue in their original radial plan across many other properties in subsequent subdivisions). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Live Like Jay Gatsby With a Weekend Visit to This Jazz Age Mansion in Nassau County," 24 July 2018 Species available for planting include ironwood, hackberry, American linden, red and swamp oak and the Kentucky coffee tree. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Blue Island is better looking, more engaged after tree-planting campaign," 23 May 2018 While wandering through the woods, take advantage of the free dendrology lessons: Informative signs detail the characteristics of the surrounding linden, beech, maple and oak trees. Ingrid K. Williams, New York Times, "36 Hours in Gothenburg, Sweden," 10 May 2018 To encourage locals to write about her brother’s death, Ms. Pagazaurtundua and her family attached a white mailbox to a linden tree in Andoain, and created an online mailbox, as well. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "‘Terrorists’ or ‘Mistaken Idealists’? Spain Confronts ETA’s Bloody Legacy," 8 May 2018 Shorter trees, like dogwoods, shadblows and lindens, are better suited to grow alongside power lines, Pitz said. Matthew Ormseth,, "Eversource To Cut Back Trees Along 4,000 Miles Of Power Lines After Winter Storm Outages," 25 Apr. 2018 Created by duo Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg of the Danish design studio Fokstrot, the five-sided wooden platform measures just 215 square feet, apparently enough room for a living linden tree and a few stranded friends. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "In Copenhagen harbor, a tiny wooden ‘island’ becomes floating public space," 15 Mar. 2018 During spring, Cote says, the vintage will most likely be light in color and heavily loaded with linden due to the high density of such trees in the city. Charu Suri, Vogue, "As Beekeeping Gets Harder, Honey Vintages Come Into View," 13 Oct. 2017 A linden tree belongs on a farm, not a small city plot. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Neighbors’ trees are too big," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of linden


1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for linden


Middle English, made of linden wood, from Old English, from lind linden tree; probably akin to Old English līthe gentle — more at lithe

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English Language Learners Definition of linden

: a type of tree that has large heart-shaped leaves and yellowish flowers


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Kids Definition of linden

: a shade tree with heart-shaped leaves and drooping clusters of yellowish white flowers

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