[ luhv-in-uh-mist ]

  1. a plant, Nigella damascena, of the buttercup family, having feathery dissected leaves and whitish or blue flowers.

Origin of love-in-a-mist

First recorded in 1750–60

Words Nearby love-in-a-mist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use love-in-a-mist in a sentence

  • This is one of the most beautiful annuals there is, and its charming English name is love-in-a-mist.

    The Children's Book of Gardening | Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • Perhaps you will like some of your love-in-a-mist to form its handsome seed-pods and sow itself for next year.

    The Children's Book of Gardening | Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • It was a faded blossom of love-in-a-mist—the flower she herself had given to Feathers the last time they drove this way.

    A Bachelor Husband | Ruby M. Ayres

British Dictionary definitions for love-in-a-mist


  1. an erect S European ranunculaceous plant, Nigella damascena, cultivated as a garden plant, having finely cut leaves and white or pale blue flowers: See also fennelflower

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012