[ dawg-wood, dog- ]

  1. any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus, especially C. sanguinea, of Europe, or C. florida, of America.

  2. the wood of any such tree.

  1. a light to medium brown or a medium yellowish-brown color.

  1. having the color dogwood.

Origin of dogwood

First recorded in 1610–20; dog + wood1

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

How to use dogwood in a sentence

  • An occasional golden dogwood leaf fluttered past the open windows, like a lazy yellow bird.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • At last, "Let's go for a walk—you and me," she said, jumping up and going towards the dogwood thicket.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • But she came back smiling and trailing great branches of white dogwood over her shoulder and down her sky-blue gown.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins

British Dictionary definitions for dogwood


/ (ˈdɒɡˌwʊd) /

  1. any of various cornaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Cornus, esp C. sanguinea, a European shrub with clusters of small white flowers and black berries: the shoots are red in winter

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