ma·​hog·​a·​ny | \ mə-ˈhä-gə-nē \
plural mahoganies

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

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Inside, rolling mahogany cabinets allow the owner to change the living, working, and dining configurations, while a polished black-and-white granite floor is used throughout. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Mies-inspired glass house could be yours for $575K," 10 Sep. 2018 On Thursday, the president and first lady were present at his formal investiture ceremony, during which Kavanaugh sat in a special mahogany chair once used by Chief Justice John Marshall. Anna North, Vox, "Christine Blasey Ford has a security detail because she still receives threats," 8 Nov. 2018 My job is to ensure she’s not only comfortable with the color of her skin, but also confident that her mahogany hue is absolutely stunning. Christine Michel Carter, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Challenges of Raising a Black Girl to Feel Beautiful," 18 Oct. 2018 Reaching their $10,000 limit for the immense mahogany dining table, they were outbid by the owner of a bed and breakfast offering $11,000. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 2018 Musso and Frank Grill With its mahogany bar and red leather banquettes, Musso and Frank has an air of old world Hollywood swagger. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Los Angeles," 28 Feb. 2018 The builds use signature wood accents in customizable options—think maple, oak, mahogany, and cherry. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury camper van fits all the essentials in 112 square feet," 16 Oct. 2018 Although both ships already aim to make passengers feel more like residents than guests, these 2,500-square-foot suites, with their ebony baby grand pianos and mahogany and quartzite bars, push the vision further. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Oceania Cruises Celebrates Ralph Lauren Partnership with 'Re-Mastered' Suites," 10 Oct. 2018 The kitchen has exposed beams, skylights, and custom mahogany cabinetry; a family room nearby leads to a deck. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes with water features in Hopkinton and Boxford," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of mahogany

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mahogany

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English Language Learners Definition of mahogany

: 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


ma·​hog·​a·​ny | \ mə-ˈhä-gə-nē \
plural mahoganies

Kids Definition of mahogany

: a strong reddish brown wood that is used especially for furniture and is obtained from several tropical trees

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