[ lil-ee ]
/ ˈlɪl i /

noun, plural lil·ies.



    gild the lily. gild1(def 4).

Origin of lily

before 1000; Middle English, Old English lilie < Latin līlium; compare Greek leírion

Related forms

lil·y·like, adjective

Definition for lily (2 of 2)


or Lil·ly

[ lil-e ]
/ ˈlɪl ɛ /


a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lily


/ (ˈlɪlɪ) /

noun plural lilies

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

Derived Forms

lily-like, adjective

Word Origin for lily

Old English, from Latin līlium; related to Greek leirion lily
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Idioms and Phrases with lily


see gild the lily.

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