mi·​mo·​sa | \ mə-ˈmō-sə How to pronounce mimosa (audio) , mī-, -zə \

Definition of mimosa

1 : any of a genus (Mimosa) of trees, shrubs, and herbs of the legume family that occur in tropical and warm regions and have usually bipinnate often prickly leaves and globular heads of small white or pink flowers
2 : silk tree
3 : a mixed drink consisting of champagne and orange juice

Examples of mimosa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carrie Bradshaw would be late to brunch and probably wouldn't pay for her mimosa. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Classic: reimagines Valencia orange juice at its boozy best with a simple formula and a sophisticated flavor that challenges the best mimosa. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Its dialogue is fizzy like a mimosa rather than explosive like a Molotov cocktail; violence mostly takes place offscreen. Judy Berman, Time, 30 Aug. 2021 In December, Tropicana dropped an ad on Instagram that featured model and wine mom extraordinaire Molly Sims sneaking into a closet equipped with a mini bar disguised as a hamper to enjoy a mimosa. Kelley Manley, Marie Claire, 23 Aug. 2021 The Golden Gate is a take on a mimosa, with Champagne, orange juice, up to an ounce of pear brandy, and grenadine to tint the drink as close as possible to international orange, the paint color of the Golden Gate Bridge. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Aug. 2021 Made from Sicilian wine grapes, Ramona’s blood orange flavor tastes much more like an Italian spritz cocktail, or possibly like a mimosa made with blood orange juice, than like a glass of wine. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 June 2021 With a mimosa serving as its muse, the champagne and citrus notes really pop, just like a bottle of bubbly. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Who's tuning in for more — with a celebratory couch-side mimosa, perhaps? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of mimosa

circa 1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mimosa

New Latin, from Latin mimus mime

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“Mimosa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mimosa. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of mimosa

: a tropical tree or shrub that has small white or pink flowers that are shaped like balls
: an alcoholic drink made with champagne and orange juice

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