noun, plural i·ris·es, ir·i·des [ir-i-deez, ahy-ri-] /ˈɪr ɪˌdiz, ˈaɪ rɪ-/.
verb (used without object)
Origin of iris
Examples from the Web for iris
Contemporary Examples of iris
The Black PrinceBy Iris Murdoch This is my favourite novel of all time and is structurally extremely (and successfully) ambitious.The Most Unreliable Narrators, From Agatha Christie to Iris Murdoch
April 2, 2014
The same is true for Iris Dart, who has adapted her book Beaches (later a popular film) for the stage.Is Broadway Being Destroyed by Hollywood?
March 17, 2014
Iris (name has been changed) has become one such “status symbol.”Inside China’s Mistress-Industrial Complex
Junheng Li, Bethany Allen, Ana Swanson
February 4, 2014
Iris Van Herpen and Delphine Manivet each have a technical mastery that falls within the luxurious customs of haute couture.The New Queens of Haute Couture
January 27, 2014
“Do not dare come to our country,” Venezuelan Minister of Prison Affairs Iris Varela shot back.Venezuela’s Constitutional Mess
January 20, 2013
Historical Examples of iris
No one dared to use the rainbow but Iris, to whom it had been given by Jupiter.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
In ancient art Iris is represented with wings and a herald's staff.
He was not a bad genealogist who said that Iris (the messenger of heaven) is the child of Thaumas (wonder).Theaetetus
Iris also appears to have been called from the verb 'to tell' (eirein), because she was a messenger.Cratylus
She did not know but what he was now betrothed to Iris, and she did not care.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
noun plural irises or irides (ˈaɪrɪˌdiːz, ˈɪrɪ-)
Word Origin for iris
late 14c., flowering plant (Iris germanica), also "prismatic rock crystal," from Latin iris (plural irides) "iris of the eye, iris plant, rainbow," from Greek iris (genitive iridos) "a rainbow; the lily; iris of the eye," originally "messenger of the gods," personified as the rainbow. The eye region was so called (early 15c. in English) for being the colored part; the Greek word was used of any brightly colored circle, "as that round the eyes of a peacock's tail" [Liddell and Scott].