privet

noun
priv·​et | \ ˈpri-vət How to pronounce privet (audio) \

Definition of privet

: a Eurasian deciduous shrub (Ligustrum vulgare) of the olive family with semievergreen leaves and small white flowers that is widely used for hedges broadly : any of various shrubs of the same genus

Examples of privet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a handsome terrace a few miles east, an ordinary privet has been transformed into an ocean liner, complete with cresting wave. Kieran Dodds; Text By Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Hedges Became the Unofficial Emblem of Great Britain," 22 Oct. 2020 This is Japanese privet, otherwise known as Japanese ligustrum. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: Peach tree loses leaves in ‘major attack’," 11 June 2020 Behind the privet hedge, besides the daffodils There’s pansies, thyme, and rosemary. Hannah Aizenman, The New Yorker, "Our Year in Poems," 17 Dec. 2019 My fallen-from-grace list includes the Japanese tree lilac (a winner in 1996), once presented convincingly to me as an ethereal cloud of white blossoms but now, to my eyes, not much more than a privet bush on a stick. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Planning your 2020 garden? You’ll want to check out the year’s Gold Medal Plants.," 1 Jan. 2020 Earth smells and the pungency of privet and balsam were still acute at this hour, unmingled; the shadows were as bold as in a child’s picture book; swifts and house martins tracked across the pale sky overhead, shrilling in thrilled anticipation. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, "The Bunty Club," 21 Oct. 2019 Behind the privet hedge, besides the daffodils There’s pansies, thyme, and rosemary. Hannah Aizenman, The New Yorker, "Our Year in Poems," 17 Dec. 2019 Behind the privet hedge, besides the daffodils There’s pansies, thyme, and rosemary. Hannah Aizenman, The New Yorker, "Our Year in Poems," 17 Dec. 2019 Behind the privet hedge, besides the daffodils There’s pansies, thyme, and rosemary. Hannah Aizenman, The New Yorker, "Our Year in Poems," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of privet

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for privet

origin unknown

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26 Oct 2020

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“Privet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/privet. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for privet

privet

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How to pronounce privet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of privet

: a bush with green leaves that is often used for hedges

privet

noun
priv·​et | \ ˈpri-vət How to pronounce privet (audio) \

Kids Definition of privet

: a shrub with small white flowers that is often used for hedges

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