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
Recent Examples of peony from the Web
Their favorite purveyors includes Christian Knott, a Australian who draws a crowd for his specialty coffee stand and Madame Loichet, an octogenarian gardener who always saves the season’s first peonies for the Cook’s Atelier.
The tables were set under masses of flowers: cherry blossoms, jasmine, roses, and peonies, while tiny candles hung from the ceiling.
Before Mr. Cetner walked his daughter down the grassy aisle, her friend Alexis Schuster handed her a runner’s baton with pink peonies poking out of it.
The garden is meandering and hushed, except for the distant sound of a waterfall luring you downhill, and the seasonal fireworks of cardiocrinum, species rhododendron, hydrangea and peony bloom.
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Origin and Etymology of peony
Middle English piony, from Anglo-French peonie, pioiné, from Latin paeonia, from Greek paiōnia, from Paiōn Paeon, physician of the gods
First Known Use: 14th century
PEONY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peony for English Language Learners
: a type of plant that has large round red, pink, or white flowers; also : the flower
PEONY Defined for Kids
Definition of peony for Students
: a plant that is widely grown for its large showy white, pink, or red flowers
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