pe·​o·​ny ˈpē-ə-nē How to pronounce peony (audio)
plural peonies
: any of a genus (Paeonia of the family Paeoniaceae) of chiefly Eurasian plants with large often double flowers
: the flower of a peony

Examples of peony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Château Pontet-Canet ($91) The vivid aroma of peonies and exceptionally pure, deep, savory flavors of blueberry fruit, mint and fennel really stand out. Elin McCoy, Fortune Europe, 11 May 2024 Fragrance notes: grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, peony, vanilla, jasmine, and oakmoss. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 30 May 2024 Many peonies are fragrant, including 'Edulis Superba,' 'Festiva Maxima,' and 'Philippe Rivoire,' all three of which are of the herbaceous peony form. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 22 May 2024 Our lilac bush is blooming, the peonies get taller every day and the mint is already going wild. Janet Kusterer, Baltimore Sun, 25 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for peony 

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of peony was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Peony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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pe·​o·​ny ˈpē-ə-nē How to pronounce peony (audio)
plural peonies
: any of a genus of plants that are widely grown for their large red, pink, or white flowers

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