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
3 : a mixed drink consisting of champagne and orange juice

Examples of mimosa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, if the idea of popping yet another bottle of prosecco is more than your belly can handle on New Year's Day, go easy on yourself with another beer cocktail that's as easy-drinking as a mimosa. Casey Barber, CNN, "Make a lazy New Year's Day feast with these snacks and drinks," 31 Dec. 2020 While the fresh grapefruit juice reminds us of a twist on a mimosa. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, "Champagne Cocktails to Toast With This New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2020 Guests can upgrade their mimosa with Moët & Chandon, which is also sold in small split bottles. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "The Place 2 Be’s new downtown Hartford location is made for Instagram; take a look inside," 16 Oct. 2020 Participating restaurants will also offer $25 prix-fixe brunch menus on Sundays, which include one mimosa. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Small Bites: dining news and events," 10 Aug. 2020 Serve it all with a side of oven bacon and a mimosa. Margaux Laskey, New York Times, "our best Easter recipes," 6 Apr. 2020 Always the black angel asleep on my lips, always The dove’s moan in the mimosa tree, The blue faces of the twice transfigured closing their stone eyes. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Many Voices of Charles Wright," 4 Nov. 2019 Third, layer in some mimosa as your gesture flowers. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "5 DIY Floral Bouquets to Make for Every Spring Occasion," 13 Apr. 2020 Don your bonnet and have that second, or third, mimosa. Beth Segal, cleveland, "How to nest in place and still have an excellent Easter (recipes)," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of mimosa was circa 1731

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8 Jan 2021

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“Mimosa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mimosa. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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
US : an alcoholic drink made with champagne and orange juice

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