sweet william

noun, often capitalized W
sweet wil·​liam | \ ˌswēt-ˈwil-yəm How to pronounce sweet william (audio) \

Definition of sweet william

: a widely cultivated Old World pink (Dianthus barbatus) with small white to deep red or purple flowers often showily spotted, banded, or mottled and borne in flat-topped cymes

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Examples of sweet william in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lined up in tubs were the dramatis personae: gerbera daisies, alstroemerias, leucadendrons, thistles, bear grass, sweet william. Michael Schulma, The New Yorker, 31 July 2021 In turn, Kate, who married Prince William in April 2011, carried a bouquet by florist Shane Connolly that was almost entirely lily of the valley, as well as myrtle, sweet William, hyacinth and ivy. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Oct. 2018 Designed by florist Shane Connolly, the bouquet was almost entirely lily of the valley, and also included myrtle as well as sweet William, hyacinth and ivy. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 May 2018 Kate's bouquet honored royal tradition and her groom Kate's bouquet featured myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth, and sweet William, a nod to the groom. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of sweet william

1573, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sweet william

from the name William

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12 Aug 2021

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“Sweet william.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20william. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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