mari·​gold ˈmer-ə-ˌgōld How to pronounce marigold (audio)
: any of a genus (Tagetes) of composite herbs with showy usually yellow, orange, or maroon flower heads

Examples of marigold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But what if the canals were beautified and cleaned up using garden beds of yellow and orange sunflowers, marigolds and fluffy and colorful celosia instead? Ashley Miznazi, Miami Herald, 28 Mar. 2024 The same is true for some flowers, such as marigolds and geraniums. Kate Morgan, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024 Start annual herbs and flower seeds including borage, basil, calendula, sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias and cosmos. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2024 Basil and bok choy, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash, marigolds and zinnias are all coming along. Page Leggett, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 And while variations of the altar are common and traditions differ from household to household, marigolds are non-negotiable. Samantha Leal,, 1 Nov. 2023 These include citronella, a few other geranium varieties, plus marigolds, lemongrass, catnip, certain types of mint, lavender, and lantana. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Inside my room, on a bed that seemed to levitate above a concrete floor, lay a little dish containing two dark-chocolate skulls flavored with mandarin and marigold from FlorCacao, a Oaxacan artisanal chocolatier. Flora Stubbs, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 Third Avenue will be decorated with Mexican marigold (cempasúchil) flowers, a community altar, live music, dance performances, food, vendors and more. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Mary, mother of Jesus + Middle English gold

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of marigold was in the 14th century

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“Marigold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


mari·​gold ˈmar-ə-ˌgōld How to pronounce marigold (audio)
: any of a genus of tropical American herbs related to the daisies and grown for their showy yellow or red and yellow flower heads

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