- any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia, having large, usually fragrant flowers and an aromatic bark, much cultivated for ornament.Compare magnolia family.
- the blossom of any such shrub or tree, as of the evergreen magnolia tree: the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Origin of magnolia
- a city in SW Arkansas.
Examples from the Web for magnolia
The trial was livestreamed on the Internet and the controversy was “front page news every day” in the Magnolia State.Could Chris McDaniel Get A Do-Over In The Mississippi Senate Race?
July 10, 2014
Magnolia Bakery, Georgetown Cupcake, and Sprinkles were all gaining scale.The Cupcake Boom’s Sugar High Finally Crashes
July 8, 2014
In Magnolia (1999)—“a smorgasbord of pleasure, that movie”—he played opposite Tom Cruise as a nurse.Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Actor First
February 2, 2014
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures in September 2010, the quasi-documentary grossed a pathetic $400,000 at the domestic box office.The Return of Joaquin Phoenix: Oscar Buzz for ‘The Master’
September 17, 2012
After the film ended, we headed to a nearby Magnolia Bakery for an intellectual conversation.Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D, Reviewed by Teenagers
July 5, 2012
Past K.'s profile Sidney could see the magnolia tree shaped like a heart.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
There is also a maid, but we don't know her name, so we call her Magnolia.
Magnolia entered with Ninian's breakfast and placed it before him.
"We'd better send for a doctor," Roger said, interrupting Magnolia.
Plans were out for the erection of flats in Magnolia Road also.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- any tree or shrub of the magnoliaceous genus Magnolia of Asia and North America: cultivated for their white, pink, purple, or yellow showy flowers
- the flower of any of these plants
- a very pale pinkish-white or purplish-white colour
Word Origin and History for magnolia
plant genus, 1748, from Magnolius, Latinized name of Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), French physician and botanist, professor of botany at Montpellier. As the name of a color, by 1931.