pe·​o·​ny | \ ˈpē-ə-nē How to pronounce peony (audio) \
plural peonies

Definition of peony

1 : any of a genus (Paeonia of the family Paeoniaceae) of chiefly Eurasian plants with large often double flowers
2 : the flower of a peony

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Their hair had been swirled into high buns pinned down with giant silk peonies. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "These fifth-graders start out dance-shy, but then they start to shimmy," 26 May 2018 There are a ton of brightening ingredients to look for, but some of the more effective ones on the market right now are peony and licorice root extract, kojic acid, vitamin C and E, niacinamide, and alpha arbutin. Alexandra Engler, Marie Claire, "From Topical Treatments to Lasers, Your Complete Guide to Treating Dark Spots," 7 Mar. 2017 Still, the gifts that the book catalogues—including beds of peonies from Nancy Kissinger, who wrote the book’s introduction, drawings from Bill Blass, a brass rooster from Slim Keith, and a velvet suit from Kenneth J. Lane—are remarkable to behold. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "What Was the Best Gift Audrey Hepburn Ever Gave?," 11 Dec. 2018 Drip coffee was brewed, and buckets of peonies decorated the windowsill on one recent day, almost as striking as the flowers and frosting and sophisticated flavors of the cakes. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "A bustling new Georgetown cake shop is thriving in a century-old building," 11 July 2018 All eyes were on Hollywood's new 'it' girl Saturday evening as the rising star stood out in a bright teal Gucci gown and equally stand-out makeup inspired by whimsical Asian paintings of peonies and butterflies. Nicole Catanese, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lupita Nyong'o's SAG Awards Makeup," 20 Jan. 2014 July at the Alaska Botanical Garden offers a plethora of colorful flowers, from Himalayan blue poppies to any of the 50 varieties of peony cultivated at the Anchorage garden. Anchorage Daily News, "July is a great time to visit the Alaska Botanical Garden," 11 July 2018 Paired with a peony pink lip balm (likely the work of Dior's Lip Glow) and a coat or two of black mascara, the Oscar winner and her soft blonde lengths couldn’t help but catch the attention of passersby. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Takes the Bridal Blowout for a Spin in New York," 7 Feb. 2019 Consider amping up any little black dress with Kylie Jenner's peony-colored lids, or artist Carolina Gonzalez's iridescent lip, as seen on Victoria's Secret angel Candice Swanepoel—the extra effort is bound to make fellow merry makers swoon. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Easy and Festive Makeup Ideas To Amp Up Any Holiday Party," 22 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of peony

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peony

Middle English piony, from Anglo-French peonie, pioiné, from Latin paeonia, from Greek paiōnia, from Paiōn Paeon, physician of the gods

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English Language Learners Definition of peony

: a type of plant that has large round red, pink, or white flowers also : the flower


pe·​o·​ny | \ ˈpē-ə-nē How to pronounce peony (audio) \
plural peonies

Kids Definition of peony

: a plant that is widely grown for its large showy white, pink, or red flowers

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