- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for lilly
The first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which called for equal pay among the sexes.Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Why He’s Exploring the Word ‘Feminism’ and Online Misogyny
September 22, 2014
And then, according to Lilly Ledbetter in the Washington Post of January 19, 2014, the President virtually stopped.
Days after his Inaugural, on January 29, 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay law.
“Lilly… Ledbetter…” we whisper to ourselves as we frown at men.Getting to Know the ‘Beyoncé Voter’
Kelly Williams Brown
July 7, 2014
Four Senate Republicans did vote aye on Lilly Ledbetter back in 2009.What That RNC Aide’s Equal Pay Blunder on MSNBC Says About Her Party
April 9, 2014
Just then Maria put her head in at the door to say, "May Lilly, yo' mammy's callin' you."The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
It was surprising what a change from that time dated in the Lilly family.
And such attentions as the sufferer had from friends of the Lilly family!
She told me most about a little girl called Lilly, who was just about my age.The Adventures of Herr Baby
"Go to New Orleans," said Lilly as coolly as ever she spoke in her life.
- any liliaceous perennial plant of the N temperate genus Lilium, such as the Turk's-cap lily and tiger lily, having scaly bulbs and showy typically pendulous flowers
- the bulb or flower of any of these plants
- any of various similar or related plants, such as the water lily, plantain lily, and day lily
Word Origin and History for lilly
Old English lilie, from Latin lilia, plural of lilium "a lily," cognate with Greek leirion, both perhaps borrowed from a corrupted pronunciation of an Egyptian word. Used in Old Testament to translate Hebrew shoshanna and in New Testament to translate Greek krinon. As an adjective, 1530s, "white, pure, lovely;" later "pale, colorless" (1580s).
Also from the Latin word are German lilie, French lis, Spanish lirio, Italian giglio. The lily of the valley translates Latin lilium convallium (Vulgate), a literal rendition of the Hebrew term in Song of Solomon ii:1. It apparently was applied to a particular plant (Convallaria majalis) first by 16c. German herbalists. Lily pad is from 1834, American English.
Idioms and Phrases with lilly
see gild the lily.