paperwhite

noun
pa·​per·​white | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌ(h)wīt \

Definition of paperwhite

: a polyanthus narcissus bearing clusters of small very fragrant pure white flowers

Examples of paperwhite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The other plants used throughout the three houses range from lilies and azaleas to paperwhites, amaryllis, and mini-evergreens. Robert Khederian, Town & Country, "How Newport's Gilded Age Mansions Are Decorated for Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 Perennials: Salvia, lantana, iris, four o’clock, paperwhites, mint marigold. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The deer-proof plants you should plant this spring," 11 May 2018 Some exceptions would be amaryllis, paperwhites, daffodils, pictured above, and other narcissi. NOLA.com, "This week's gardening tips: trim ground covers and plant Irish potatoes," 20 Jan. 2018 One holiday plant that definitely has a fragrance is paperwhite. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "So you bought holiday plants. Now what?," 29 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'paperwhite.' 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 paperwhite

1806, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about paperwhite

Share paperwhite

Statistics for paperwhite

Last Updated

22 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for paperwhite

The first known use of paperwhite was in 1806

See more words from the same year

Comments on paperwhite

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

WORD OF THE DAY

excited commotion or publicity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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