variants or less commonly ilang-ilang
: a tree (Cananga odorata) of the custard-apple family that is native to the Malay Archipelago, the Philippines, and adjacent areas and has very fragrant greenish-yellow flowers
: a perfume distilled from the flowers of the ylang-ylang tree

Examples of ylang-ylang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beaux imported exotic ingredients from around the world, concocting a mix of more than 80 different notes, including jasmine and May rose harvested from Grasse, France; ylang-ylang flowers from Madagascar; Brazilian tonka beans; and sandalwood. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 This fragrant find features woody, spicy notes of orange blossom, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and bourbon vanilla, a perfectly warm mix for the cold winter season ahead. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 24 Nov. 2023 Find it on Amazon Donna Karan Eau de Parfum Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist Eau de Parfum is a delicate blend of lily of the valley, suede notes, bergamot, ylang-ylang, and jasmine maroc. Margaret Drake, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 Each 10-ounce jar of this small-batch handmade formula contains muscle-calming Epsom salt and relaxing Himalayan sea salt plus rose and ylang-ylang essential oils. Sarah Grossbart,, 24 Oct. 2023 Popular essential oils generally considered safe later into pregnancy include lavender, chamomile, and ylang-ylang—all of which calm, relax, and aid sleep. Lisa Milbrand, Parents, 13 Oct. 2023 Nette Rose Parade Eau de Parfum $120 at Sephora A mix of neroli, rose, and ylang-ylang that’s been shown to improve mindfulness by a whopping 109 percent. Brian Underwood, Women's Health, 4 Sep. 2023 This warm woody cologne is all about smooth warmth with top notes of spices like cinnamon, caraway and fenugreek, middle notes of ylang-ylang and jasmine and a base of sandalwood, oud and musk. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 3 Sep. 2023 Notes of ylang-ylang, tuberose, jasmine, and vanilla swirl to imitate the sanctuary created by the English art collector and poet, Sir Edward James. Pia Velasco, ELLE, 31 Aug. 2023

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Word History



First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ylang-ylang was in 1870

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“Ylang-ylang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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