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[mahr-guh-reet] /ˌmɑr gəˈrit/
Also called Paris daisy. the European daisy, Bellis perennis.
any of several daisylike flowers, especially Chrysanthemum frutescens, cultivated for its numerous white-rayed, yellow-centered flowers.
Origin of marguerite
1865-70; < French: daisy, pearl < Latin margarīta pearl < Greek; see margarite


[mahr-guh-reet; French mar-guh-reet] /ˌmɑr gəˈrit; French mar gəˈrit/
a female given name, French form of Margaret. Unabridged
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  • marguerite helped me to arrange the cups, and I went into the drawing-room.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • marguerite opened the door, and my mother came and pretended to be astonished.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • My mother gave me permission to do so, and our old marguerite was to accompany us.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • You asked me just now what malady it was that killed my poor marguerite.

  • And that seemed to be all that there was to be said about marguerite's mother.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for marguerite


a cultivated garden plant, Chrysanthemum frutescens, whose flower heads have white or pale yellow rays around a yellow disc: family Asteraceae (composites)
any of various related plants with daisy-like flowers, esp C. leucanthemum
Word Origin
C19: from French: daisy, pearl, from Latin margarīta, from Greek margaritēs, from margaron
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Word Origin and History for marguerite

"oxeye daisy," 1866, from French marguerite (see Margaret). "According to French etymologists, this use of F. marguerite is not from the personal name, but comes directly from the sense 'pearl.' " [OED] In Middle English, margaret "a daisy" is attested from early 15c.

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