steph·​a·​no·​tis | \ ˌste-fə-ˈnō-təs How to pronounce stephanotis (audio) \

Definition of stephanotis

: any of a genus (Stephanotis, especially S. floribunda) of Old World tropical woody vines of the milkweed family with fragrant white waxy flowers having a tubular corolla terminating in five lobes

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Recent Examples on the Web Arranged in a teardrop shape, the arrangement included lily of the valley, stephanotis pips, baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Flowers are a Celebration of Fall," 12 Oct. 2018 Mary stowed away the cake topper, Alan’s stephanotis boutonniere, small mesh bags of rice and mints, a napkin, a flower applique from the curtains and a matchbook and soap from their honeymoon hotel, Chicago’s Drake. Hillary Davis,, "After 50 years, Newport couple’s love is frozen in time — and so is their wedding cake," 27 June 2018 Soon, classic floral scents — rose, lily of the valley, violet, stephanotis — were sold alongside grooming products, bespoke fragrances concocted for wealthy clients in the shop’s cellar. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 Wedding Bouquet: Princess Diana Princess Diana's cascading bouquet of gardenias, stephanotis, orchids, lily of the valley, roses, freesia, veronica, spider lilies, and ivy reportedly weighed two kilos (ahem, that's a whopping four pounds!). Michelle Darrisaw, Southern Living, "Every Royal Bride Has Carried a Sprig of This One Flower in Her Bouquet," 13 Oct. 2017 Princess Diana opted for a waterfall bouquet featuring gardenias, stephanotis, orchids, lily of the valley, roses, freesia, veronica and spider lilies in 1981. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "5 Things All Royal Wedding Bouquets Have in Common," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of stephanotis

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stephanotis

New Latin, from Greek stephanōtis fit for a crown, from stephanos crown, from stephein to crown

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“Stephanotis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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