nec·​tary | \ ˈnek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce nectary (audio) \
plural nectaries

Definition of nectary

: a plant gland that secretes nectar

Examples of nectary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saint-Nectaire—meaning nectary after its aroma—is one of five cheeses that can only be made in the Avergne region, according to France’s Appellation d’Origine Protégée regulations. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian, 22 Nov. 2019

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

First Known Use of nectary

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nectary

New Latin nectarium, irregular from Latin nectar + -arium -ary

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About nectary

Time Traveler for nectary

Time Traveler

The first known use of nectary was in 1759

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near nectary




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for nectary

Cite this Entry

“Nectary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on nectary Encyclopedia article about nectary


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something 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!