to·​pi·​ary | \ ˈtō-pē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce topiary (audio) \
plural topiaries

Definition of topiary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a plant shaped by topiary art
b : topiary plants
2 : topiary art or gardening also : a topiary garden



Definition of topiary (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being the practice or art of training, cutting, and trimming trees or shrubs into odd or ornamental shapes also : characterized by such work

Examples of topiary in a Sentence

Noun a garden featuring topiaries and fountains
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Heritage Gardens depicting the city-state's history, and the World of Plants through spectacular topiary. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 14 Apr. 2022 Some of the other new attractions this year will be an illusion garden designed by Elfin Forest topiary artist Jennifer Coburn and new walk-through gardens created by local master gardeners. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 Visitors are greeted by the giant Goofy topiary in the front bed near the theme park’s entrance this year. Dewayne Bevil,, 3 Mar. 2022 Okay, but this giant topiary chicken never got completed. Carol Off, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 Botanik has been keeping plant life chic and beachy since 1997, and specializes in curated plants, and home and garden decor including topiary, candle holders and handmade birdhouses. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 11 Feb. 2022 Some topiary trees took a little longer to arrive, said social secretary Carlos Elizondo. Time, 30 Nov. 2021 Its new juniper topiary, Limeade Spartan juniper, which has yellow highlights. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 13 Jan. 2022 Some topiary trees took a little longer to arrive, said social secretary Carlos Elizondo. Time, 30 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Inside the villa nature resumes its rights: lush foliage, waterfall, topiary garden and a living wall. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Later in the season, Coburn will create a second topiary art piece, and a new crop of flowers known as stock will come into bloom. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 With deep green and silver leaves, this non-fruiting olive tree can be coaxed into a hedge or this very proper looking topiary shape. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 And now that shrubbery sculpting season is at its height, Petricka also shares top tips for any beginner wanting to try their hand at topiary art. Nancy Ngo, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 The home's aesthetic even extends to the laundry room, where Young covered the walls in a blue-and-white wallpaper and hung topiary art prints, both from the shop. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 23 June 2021 The vintage bamboo hook from Ellan's Relics on Etsy and rustic topiary pots from Terrain help pull it all together. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 8 June 2021 Don’t even ask about the town zoo, the slaughterhouse, the topiary maze. Tom Shippey, WSJ, 4 June 2021 The figures currently are seen in topiary form as part of the Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Dewayne Bevil,, 19 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of topiary


1904, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for topiary


Latin topiarius, from topia ornamental gardening, irregular from Greek topos place

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The first known use of topiary was in 1592

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17 May 2022

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“Topiary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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