ma·​hog·​a·​ny | \ mə-ˈhä-gə-nē How to pronounce mahogany (audio) \
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

Examples of mahogany in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Low ceilings, mahogany wood and in-room cocktail parlors honor the hotel’s history as a Hollywood getaway in the 1950s. Anna Haines, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Today the interior looks almost the same as in 1983, when Arthur passed away: parquet floor in the dining room, mahogany paneling, sea-serpent fixtures in the head, floral artwork by Lê Pho personally chosen by Arthur for the four staterooms. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2022 Count on Justice Samuel Alito to subtly elbow an errant colleague from across the mahogany bench. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Once the road reached the river, loggers would use the waterway to penetrate the rain forest and fell mahogany, cedar and other trees. Carolina Schneider Comandulli, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2022 The single mahogany vanity has a black counter, and the flooring is cream porcelain tile. Globe Staff,, 17 Apr. 2022 Think: velvet and mahogany details throughout, cabins furnished with Scottish tartans and wools, even a dedicated spa carriage. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 16 Apr. 2022 The new model includes all the features and performance that Vallín requires from a mahogany body and neck to a ’59 Rounded C profile, and is equipped with Kluson reissue tuners, a Bigsby B7 vibrato, a custom P-90 Soapbar and more. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 11 Apr. 2022 The Tree mahogany takes patience to build with due to its extremely high figuring [three-dimensional patterning]. Jeff Campagna, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mahogany

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mahogany

origin unknown

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“Mahogany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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ma·​hog·​a·​ny | \ mə-ˈhä-gə-nē How to pronounce mahogany (audio) \
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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