[ muh-hog-uh-nee ]
/ məˈhɒg ə ni /

noun, plural ma·hog·a·nies.

any of several tropical American trees of the genus Swietenia, especially S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, yielding hard, reddish-brown wood used for making furniture.
the wood itself.
any of various similar trees or their wood.Compare African mahogany, Philippine mahogany.
a reddish-brown color.


pertaining to or made of mahogany.
of the color mahogany.

Nearby words

  1. mahler, gustav,
  2. mahlstick,
  3. mahmud ii,
  4. mahmud of ghazni,
  5. mahoe,
  6. mahogany family,
  7. mahomet,
  8. mahometan,
  9. mahonia,
  10. mahound

Origin of mahogany

First recorded in 1665–75; perhaps < some non-Carib language of the West Indies Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mahogany


/ (məˈhɒɡənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

any of various tropical American trees of the meliaceous genus Swietenia, esp S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, valued for their hard reddish-brown wood
any of several trees with similar wood, such as African mahogany (genus Khaya) and Philippine mahogany (genus Shorea)
  1. the wood of any of these treesSee also acajou (def. 2)
  2. (as modifier)a mahogany table
  1. a reddish-brown colour
  2. (as modifier)mahogany skin

Word Origin for mahogany

C17: origin obscure

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Word Origin and History for mahogany



1670s, from Spanish mahogani, of unknown origin; perhaps from the tree's native name in Maya (Honduras). As an adjective from 1730.

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