san·​dal·​wood | \ ˈsan-dᵊl-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce sandalwood (audio) \

Definition of sandalwood

1 : the compact close-grained fragrant yellowish heartwood of a parasitic tree (Santalum album of the family Santalaceae, the sandalwood family) of southern Asia much used in ornamental carving and cabinetwork also : the tree that yields this wood
2 : any of various trees other than the sandalwood some of which yield dyewoods also : the fragrant wood of such a tree

Examples of sandalwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leaving my home for work last month at a time when California’s fires were at their most intense, the sandalwood odor of burning eucalyptus was heavy on the air. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Bushfires Illuminate the Price of Burning Coal," 11 Nov. 2019 Finishing notes include creamy coconuts, pink musk, sandalwood, and liquid amber. Allure, "Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner Confirm Their KKW x Kylie Fragrances Are Launching in August," 20 Aug. 2019 Acqua di Parma Signatures of the Sun in Oud shines with rich complexity thanks to top notes of leather, orange, sandalwood and musk; $270, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills or at Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, "6 Woodsy Scents for All Genders," 30 Oct. 2019 It was made up of grapefruit, green tea, lemon and sandalwood. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Riders in Vienna have opted for stale subway air over aromatherapy," 10 Aug. 2019 The perfume has a surprisingly musky finish laced with sandalwood and creamy vanilla notes. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "KKW Beauty Is Launching Three New Fragrances Inspired by Kimojis in July [UPDATE]," 13 July 2018 Sauvage features notes of bergamot, mandarin, vanilla, sandalwood and cedar ($150 for 3.4 ounces). Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dior Deletes Johnny Depp Sauvage Ad Amidst Backlash for Native American Depiction," 30 Aug. 2019 The newer fragrances are more likely to play off smoky or woodsy notes, with hints of cedar and sandalwood, Levy says. Claire Ballentine,, "No longer in hiding, the scent of cannabis joins the perfume counter," 26 Aug. 2019 Scents were tested over the month of July, including green tea, grapefruit, sandalwood, melon, lemon, and various blends. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Riders in Vienna have opted for stale subway air over aromatherapy," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sandalwood

circa 1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sandalwood

sandal sandalwood (from Middle English, from Anglo-French sandali, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Late Greek santalon, ultimately from Sanskrit candana, of Dravidian origin; akin to Tamil cāntu sandalwood tree) + wood entry 1

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The first known use of sandalwood was circa 1511

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15 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sandalwood.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandalwood

: a yellowish wood with a pleasant smell that is often used to make carved objects and whose oil is used in making perfumes and soaps also : the tree that this wood comes from


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Kids Definition of sandalwood

: the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree

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