vet·​i·​ver ˈve-tə-vər How to pronounce vetiver (audio)
: a tall perennial grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) of southeastern Asia cultivated in warm regions especially for its fragrant roots which are used especially in woven goods (such as mats) and in perfumes
also : its root

Examples of vetiver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The aroma features banana blossom — the flower of a type of wild banana — that lends an air of mystery to the bold jasmine and vetiver. Jackie Fields, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 Standing beneath the abstract piece, diners might notice the rich, earthy fragrance of vetiver and the faint chirping of crickets. Ellen Fort, Saveur, 8 May 2024 There were figs in her backyard, which explains Bohemian Fig, a warm and woody blend of orange, bergamot, Sicilian lemon, vanilla orchid, tonka beans and vetiver. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Buy Now Homesick Barbie Dreamhouse Candle Diptyque Amber Candle Evoke the aura of a cackling fire with this woody scent from Diptyque, which features notes of wood, vetiver and patchouli enhanced with radiant aniseed, insolent spices, mysterious incense, cistus and tonka bean. Anna Tingley, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 This dynamic scent from Le Labo (a Daniel Ricciardo fave) packs in notes of creamy fig, soft vetiver and textural cedar woods, brought up by an uplifting taste of bitter orange. Anna Tingley, Variety, 22 Jan. 2024 Fall spices mix with black vanilla pod, leather, amber, and vetiver for a spicy yet indulgent scent that carries a 50-hour burn time. Michelle Rostamian, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023 The candle itself has fragrance notes of jasmine, incense, oud, vetiver, and tonka. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 1 Dec. 2023 The woody, spicy cologne is perfect for the winter months, with notes of leather, tobacco, rum and vetiver. Anna Tingley, Variety, 24 Nov. 2023

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Word History


French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr

First Known Use

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vetiver was circa 1858

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“Vetiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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