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[min-yuh-net] /ˌmɪn yəˈnɛt/
a plant, Reseda odorata, common in gardens, having racemes of small, fragrant, greenish-white flowers with prominent orange anthers.
a grayish green resembling the color of a reseda plant.
Origin of mignonette
From French, dating back to 1690-1700; See origin at mignon, -ette Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Her own room was on the shady side where pots of mignonette died within a week.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • From springtime until autumn the presbytery was redolent of mignonette.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • Hyacinth (aside, Fellar talks as if the animal were a pot of mignonette).

    Frank Fairlegh Frank E. Smedley
  • She identified it with her pain, and years after the smell of mignonette was intolerable to her.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • This mignonette is the chief source of the perfume which fills my cell.

    The Basket of Flowers Christoph von Schmid
  • I put the pinks in my room and pinned on the mignonette because it matched my dress.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Above all the fragrance came the unmistakable sweetness of mignonette.

  • mignonette it shall be if only you will write to inform me of everything in detail.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Now it passed through the beds of violets, now through the mignonette.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • The demure Quaker is like the peculiar fragrance of the mignonette.

British Dictionary definitions for mignonette


any of various mainly Mediterranean plants of the resedaceous genus Reseda, such as R. odorata (garden mignonette), that have spikes of small greenish-white flowers with prominent anthers
a type of fine pillow lace
  1. of a greyish-green colour; reseda
  2. (as modifier): mignonette ribbons
Word Origin
C18: from French, diminutive of mignon
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