Origin of lilac
Examples from the Web for lilac
Sky and soft sunlight tint the snow blue, pink, lilac, peach.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed|Terry Greene Sterling|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Trim trousers in nubby shades of lilac were paired with jackets in iridescent hues of melon.Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week: Haider Ackermann, Lanvin, and Comme des Garçons|Robin Givhan|March 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One of these collaborations includes a lilac hourglass-shaped Tadashi gown in which Spencer collected her very first Golden Globe.Octavia Spencer: Nominated for ‘The Help’ and Star of the Red Carpet|Justine Harman|February 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He'd broken the stick out of a lilac hedge a block from their house.
"There is a whole other side to this island from the lilac fudge and the horses," she said.
As he looked he saw a figure suddenly appear from among the mass of lilac bushes that almost concealed the cabin.The Courage of Captain Plum|James Oliver Curwood
Were she not dead I might stop at her little house in the fortifications among the lilac trees.Memoirs of My Dead Life|George Moore
The corolla is lilac or bluish, often with a magenta tube and magenta "eye."Field Book of Western Wild Flowers|Margaret Armstrong
It was a little dialogue between asters and sweet-peas, wild canaries in the lilac bush, and the guardian spirit of the garden.Anne Of The Island|Lucy Maud Montgomery
Moonlight flooded the campus, and the air was sweet with the perfume of lilac and syringa.Molly Brown's Freshman Days|Nell Speed
British Dictionary definitions for lilac
- a light or moderate purple colour, sometimes with a bluish or reddish tinge
- (as adjective)a lilac carpet
Word Origin for lilac
Word Origin and History for lilac
1620s, from French lilac "shrub of genus Syringa with mauve flowers," from Spanish lilac, from Arabic lilak, from Persian lilak, variant of nilak "bluish," from nil "indigo" (cf. Sanskrit nilah "dark blue"), of uncertain origin. As a color name, attested from 1791; as a scent, from 1895. As an adjective, "pale pinkish-purple," from 1801. Related: Lilaceous.