pe·o·ny | \ˈpē-ə-nē \
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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This year, forgo the traditional bouquet of peonies or bottle of rosé, and go for a thoughtful beauty token that will last long after the fireworks. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "13 Last-Minute Hostess Gifts for the Beauty Lover at Heart," 25 June 2018 The notes include watermelon, bergamot, juicy pineapple, apple blossom, peony petals, fresh jasmine, cedarwood, sunkissed amber, and musk. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Dropping Three New Perfumes Inspired By Her Kimojis," 9 July 2018 Among the seasonal branches of beech, birch and hornbeam – along with plenty of Meghan’s favorite peonies – it was also revealed that the florist would be incorporating white garden roses into the floral displays, which were Diana’s favorite flower. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Paying Tribute to Princess Diana on Their Wedding Day," 8 May 2018 The garden, off of Campbell Airstrip Road in East Anchorage, is also well known for its collection of peonies, now numbering over 50 varieties. Anchorage Daily News, "July is a great time to visit the Alaska Botanical Garden," 11 July 2018 The authors noted that the scent, which has notes of purple passion fruit, peony, and vanilla orchid, might have a masking effect that deters the winged biters. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "The Best Bug Sprays for a Bite-Proof Summer, According to the Pros," 18 June 2018 Visitors will be seeing the parks in peak spring bloom with bluebells, peonies, wisteria, roses and more at their most colorful. Cailey Rizzo, Smithsonian, "This Friday, You Can Visit More Than 150 of the Best Gardens in the U.S. for Free," 10 May 2018 Today, the estate's classic garden produces an abundance of food and flowers, from figs to peonies. Janet Eastman,, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 Hints of peaches, plums, violets, and peonies are some of the ingredients used in the popular blend. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Byredo's Bibliothèque Perfume Is Here to Stay," 3 May 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 \
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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