- a pale bluish purple.
- any Old World plant or shrub belonging to the genus Lavandula, of the mint family, especially L. angustifolia, having spikes of fragrant, pale purple flowers.
- the dried flowers or other parts of this plant placed among linen, clothes, etc., for scent or as a preservative.
- Also called lavender water. toilet water, shaving lotion, or the like, made with a solution of oil of lavender.
- of the color lavender.
- of or relating to homosexuality.
- homosexual or effeminate.
Origin of lavender
Examples from the Web for lavender
Elias, the translator, knocks and a woman in a blue sweater-vest and lavender crocs answers.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
Lavender is very calming and can help settle your nerves, which explains why so many baby soaps come in lavender scent.Change Your Sense: Biohacking for Beginners
March 18, 2014
The dress is a classic, with its soft, lavender hue, chiffon fabric, and minimalist shape.Barbara Tfank: The Red Carpet Radical
March 2, 2014
The Daily Pic: Yevgeniy Fiks looks back at our Red and Lavender scares.An Artist Asks, How Swishy Was Karl Marx?
March 26, 2013
A few drops of lavender in a bath is often thought to combat morning sickness.Kate Craving Lavender Biscuits
January 4, 2013
Along the edge of the green pines and spruce were lavender asters.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Two other women, all clad in lavender, appeared in the doorway.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Drawers and chests at "Gunn's" had been thick strewn with lavender for half a century.Hetty's Strange History
It was lavender water; he drenched her hair and brow and hands.The Incomplete Amorist
There were other mountains, lavender and gray, in the distance.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
- any of various perennial shrubs or herbaceous plants of the genus Lavandula, esp L. vera, cultivated for its mauve or blue flowers and as the source of a fragrant oil (oil of lavender): family Lamiaceae (labiates)See also spike lavender Compare sea lavender
- the dried parts of L. vera, used to perfume clothes
- a pale or light bluish-purple to a very pale violet colour
- (as adjective)lavender socks
- perfume scented with lavender
- (modifier) informal of or relating to homosexualitylavender language
Word Origin and History for lavender
"fragrant plant of the mint family," c.1300, from Anglo-French lavendre, Old French lavendre, from Medieval Latin lavendula "lavender" (10c.), perhaps from Latin lividus "bluish, livid." Associated with French lavande, Italian lavanda "a washing" (from Latin lavare "to wash;" see lave) because it was used to scent washed fabrics and as a bath perfume. (An identical Middle English word meant "laundress, washerwoman;" also, apparently, "prostitute, whore; camp follower" and is attested as a surname from early 13c.). The adjective meaning "pale purple color" is from 1840.