[ bloo-bel ]

  1. any of numerous plants of the bellflower family, having blue, bell-shaped flowers, as a bellflower or harebell.

  2. Also called wood hyacinth. an Old World plant, Endymion non-scriptus, of the lily family, having blue, bell-shaped flowers.

  1. any of various other plants having blue flowers, as those of the genus Mertensia.

Origin of bluebell

First recorded in 1570–80; blue + bell1

Other words from bluebell

  • bluebelled, adjective

Words Nearby bluebell Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bluebell in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bluebell


/ (ˈbluːˌbɛl) /

  1. Also called: wild hyacinth, wood hyacinth a European liliaceous woodland plant, Hyacinthoides (or Endymion) non-scripta, having a one-sided cluster of blue bell-shaped flowers

  2. Also called: Spanish bluebell a similar and related plant, hispanica, widely grown in gardens and becoming naturalized

  1. a Scot name for harebell

  2. any of various other plants with blue bell-shaped flowers

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012