nar·​cis·​sus | \ när-ˈsi-səs How to pronounce narcissus (audio) \

Definition of narcissus

1 capitalized : a beautiful youth in Greek mythology who pines away for love of his own reflection and is then turned into the narcissus flower
2 plural narcissi\ när-​ˈsi-​ˌsī How to pronounce narcissi (audio) , -​(ˌ)sē\ or narcissuses or narcissus [ New Latin, genus name, from Latin, narcissus, from Greek narkissos ] : daffodil especially : one whose flowers have a short corona and are usually borne separately

Examples of narcissus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The name Anemone was born out of their favorite flower, likenesses of which are featured in their embroideries, along with poppies, ranunculus, and narcissus. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Anemone is a New Swimwear Line Inspired by One of Kate Moss’s Minimalist Dresses From the ’90s," 26 Nov. 2018 Inspired by his favorite spring flowers, creator Christopher Brosius designed this fragrance with the essences of hyacinth, daffodil, crocus, and tulip, and the absolutes of narcissus and jonquil. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "Why Fragrance Water Is the Perfume World’s New Obsession," 11 Aug. 2018 The public park attracts thousands of visitors who come to see sprawling landscapes filled with tulips, narcissus, and korchia. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "7 Stunning Photos of Floral Plains That Will Soothe Your Soul," 3 Mar. 2015 Amazon lilies have year-round green foliage and narcissus-like blooms for the winter months. Tom Maccubbin,, "Don’t let crape myrtle pruning become a 'chainsaw massacre'," 7 Apr. 2018 There's a fern garden, and cyclamen, narcissus, erythronium and trillium bring more color to the scene. Homes & Gardens Of The Northwest Staff,, "Visit the Smith Garden's blooming rhodies and azaleas (photos)," 30 Mar. 2018 In January, a vegan blogger in San Francisco posted on Instagram a fruity pink pudding made from chia seeds, garnished with blueberries and gorgeous white flowers: paperwhite narcissus. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Is the Internet Making Us Worse at Cooking?," 16 Mar. 2018 Inspired by the Mamonde Garden in Seoul, South Korea, these products are all infused with floral essences, including damask rose for its soothing properties, hibiscus for moisture, and narcissus for replenishing the skin. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "You Can Now Buy Mamonde’s Flower-Infused K-beauty Products at Ulta," 2 Mar. 2018 Refrigerate crocus, daffodils, hyacinth, narcissus and tulips for forcing. Tom Maccubbin,, "October gardening calendar," 30 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'narcissus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of narcissus

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for narcissus

Latin, from Greek Narkissos

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about narcissus

Statistics for narcissus

Last Updated

9 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for narcissus

The first known use of narcissus was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for narcissus


nar·​cis·​sus | \ när-ˈsi-səs How to pronounce narcissus (audio) \
plural narcissus or narcissuses or narcissi\ -​ˈsi-​ˌsī , -​sē \

Kids Definition of narcissus

: a daffodil with flowers that have short trumpet-shaped tubes

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on narcissus

Spanish Central: Translation of narcissus

Nglish: Translation of narcissus for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about narcissus

Comments on narcissus

What made you want to look up narcissus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!