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 She was known to take, say, a rose and peony patterned chintz fabric, and use it to make both curtains and chair coverings for the same room. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2022 My favorite summer fragrance from Blithe and Bonny is their Jasmine perfume with hints of peony and sandalwood. The Editors, Town & Country, 12 Aug. 2022 Both kinds of peony bear similar flowers; the tree peony produces slightly larger blooms. Sunset Magazine, 13 July 2022 The main notes in Bombshell are purple passion fruit, Shangri-La peony, and vanilla orchid, while the main notes in Amber Romance are amber, cherry, and vanilla. Audrey Noble, Allure, 3 Aug. 2022 There was a climbing rose by the front porch, and there were five or six peony bushes. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2022 This delicious fragrance is packed with notes of Turkish rose, lily, and peony for the perfect floral scent. ELLE, 19 July 2022 Magnolia Bliss is a crowd-pleaser with notes of petitgrain, peony, and freesia that bolster its core flower, the magnolia blossom. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 July 2022 This halter maxi's shade coordinates perfectly with peony season (bouquet not included). Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 June 2022 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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