[ im-awr-tel ]
/ ˌɪm ɔrˈtɛl /


an everlasting plant or flower, especially Xeranthemum annuum.

Origin of immortelle

1825–35; < French, noun use of feminine of immortel immortal; see -elle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for immortelle


/ (ˌɪmɔːˈtɛl) /


any of various plants, mostly of the family Asteraceae (composites), that retain their colour when dried, esp Xeranthemum annuumAlso called: everlasting, everlasting flower

Word Origin for immortelle

C19: from French (fleur) immortelle everlasting (flower)
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Word Origin and History for immortelle



"flower which preserves its shape and color after being dried," 1832, from French fem. of immortel "undying" (see immortal).

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