Definition of mahogany
1 : the wood of any of various chiefly tropical trees (family Meliaceae, the mahogany family):a (1) : the durable yellowish-brown to reddish-brown usually moderately hard and heavy wood of a West Indian tree (Swietenia mahagoni) that is widely used for cabinetwork and fine finish work (2) : a wood similar to mahogany from a congeneric tropical American tree (especially S. macrophylla)b (1) : the rather hard heavy usually odorless wood of any of several African trees (genus Khaya) (2) : the rather lightweight cedar-scented wood of any of several African trees (genus Entandrophragma) that varies in color from pinkish to deep reddish brown
2 : any of various woods resembling or substituted for mahogany obtained from trees of the mahogany family
3 : a tree that yields mahogany
4 : a moderate reddish brown
Recent Examples of mahogany from the Web
The High Freq boasts a dramatic Honduran mahogany body and feathers from Crocker’s cockatoo on the headstock and tailpiece.
Once focused on a narrow slice of the skin-tone spectrum, the best foundations and concealers now come in shades from palest porcelain to deepest mahogany — and the many, many colors in between.
Serek hand-picks the wood for each instrument at a local shop, sticking to the tried-and-true — maple, walnut and mahogany.
The stairs and their stringers are natural mahogany.
The large daisy-like flowers in shades of yellow, rust, and mahogany lend a country flavor to any garden.
As has each new justice since 1972, Gorsuch sat in a mahogany and leather chair used by Chief Justice John Marshall from 1819 to 1835.
Walking about the Delta King one is struck by the glass and brass fixtures, the plush rugs, the abundance of mahogany.
On the deck above the restaurant, connected by a gorgeous mahogany grand staircase, is the Delta Lounge.
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Origin and Etymology of mahogany
First Known Use: 1660See Words from the same year
MAHOGANY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mahogany for English Language Learners
: a strong reddish-brown wood that is used especially for making furniture and that comes from several tropical trees; also : a tree that produces this wood
: a reddish-brown color
MAHOGANY Defined for Kids
Definition of mahogany for Students
: a strong reddish brown wood that is used especially for furniture and is obtained from several tropical trees
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