saffron

noun
saf·​fron | \ ˈsa-ˌfrän , -frən \

Definition of saffron

1a : the deep orange aromatic pungent dried stigmas of a purple-flowered crocus (Crocus sativus) used to color and flavor foods and formerly as a dyestuff and in medicine
b : the crocus supplying saffron
2 : a moderate orange to orange yellow

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For proof, look no further than his own bedroom, coated a brilliant saffron. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Jared Hughes Dreams (and Designs) in Color," 1 Dec. 2018 Add tomatoes with their juice, bell pepper, broth, saffron, cumin and pepper flakes. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 Add tomatoes with their juice, bell pepper, broth, saffron, cumin and pepper flakes. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 Estelle holds a basket of baked goods (likely saffron bread, or lussekatter), while Oscar carries a gold star. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria Shares Adorable Photos of Her Children Celebrating St. Lucia Day," 13 Dec. 2018 Add tomatoes with their juice, bell pepper, broth, saffron, cumin and pepper flakes. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 Add tomatoes with their juice, bell pepper, broth, saffron, cumin and pepper flakes. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 Add tomatoes with their juice, bell pepper, broth, saffron, cumin and pepper flakes. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 10 May 2018 Many of the vendors sell the same ingredients—Persian dried limes, saffron, barberries, rose hips, and traditional Middle Eastern spice mixes. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Shops in Dubai," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of saffron

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for saffron

Middle English, from Anglo-French saffron, safren, from Medieval Latin safranum, from Arabic zaʽfarān

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saffron

noun

English Language Learners Definition of saffron

: an orange powder that is made from a type of flower (called a crocus) and that is used to color and flavor food
: an orange to orange-yellow color

saffron

noun
saf·​fron | \ ˈsa-frən \

Kids Definition of saffron

1 : an orange spice that is made from the dried stigmas of a crocus and is used to color or flavor foods
2 : an orange to orange yellow

saffron

noun
saf·​fron | \ ˈsaf-rän , -rən \

Medical Definition of saffron

1 : the deep orange aromatic pungent dried stigmas of a purple-flowered crocus used to color and flavor foods and formerly as a dyestuff and as a stimulant antispasmodic emmenagogue in medicine
2 : a purple-flowered crocus (Crocus sativa) that is the source of saffron

called also saffron crocus

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