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

Examples of peony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first was centered around tuberose, the second pink peony, and the third, and newest, Twilly d'Hermès Eau Ginger. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 July 2021 Frech model and Rouje designer Jeanne Damas exuded classic Parisian feels with a twist, trading nude or red for a peony pink that played well with sleek, separated lashes. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 13 July 2021 Other guides include azalea, redbud, Lenten rose, peony and elephant ear. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 May 2021 The peony paintings seem to be favorites of the Bidens. Washington Post, 26 June 2021 Her backyard has flowers such as iris, peony, and hybrid daylilies and an orchid greenhouse., 21 June 2021 Other guides include azalea, redbud, Lenten rose, peony, elephant ear, coleus, lantana, coneflower and savory calamint. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 7 June 2021 One of the best parts about the gardens, besides the aromatic springtime magnolia, crabapple, peony, lilac and daffodils, is what lies beyond the manicured landscapes and frolicking families and picnickers. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Citrus Blossom, as it's called, exudes a sweet aroma of fresh Sicilian lemon complemented by notes of peony and white blossom. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 20 May 2021

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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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“Peony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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