noun, plural lil·ies.
- lily family,
- lily iron,
- lily of the valley,
- lily pad,
Origin of lily
Examples from the Web for lily
Lily Allen explained away the poor sales and ho-hum critical reception to Sheezus by…basically blaming other people.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One person who tuned into my story was Matt Creed, the director of Lily.
At least for now, Modern Family is taking the less-is-more approach, and resisting turning it into The Lily Show.Stop Hating on ‘Modern Family’ (But Also Stop Giving It Emmys)|Jason Lynch|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I met him because his daughter, Lily, and my daughter, Harley, are friends.Kevin Smith's Marijuanaissance: On 'Tusk,' 'Falling Out' with Ben Affleck, and 20 Years of 'Clerks'|Marlow Stern|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lily told how she once found her mother sitting in front of the television and crying.Will Meredith Vieira Ever Stop Crying? Her Emotional Daytime TV Debut|Lloyd Grove|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lily tossed the missile into the other girl's lap, for she was too eager to open her own two letters to cause any further delay.The Girl Scouts' Good Turn|Edith Lavell
Lily had retired to the other side of the room as soon as the parley about the invitation began.A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories|William D. Howells
Lily Farquhar says her big sisters spoil her parties so, and they call her and her friends 'the babies,' and laugh at them.The Man with the Pan Pipes|Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
Aunt Jane shook hands with her, rather to Gillian's surprise, and heard that Lily was much the same.Beechcroft at Rockstone|Charlotte M. Yonge
Long-legged, long-necked, as straight as a lance, with head poised on the proud neck like a lily on its stem.The Man|Bram Stoker
noun plural lilies
Word Origin for lily
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.
see gild the lily.