1. Also called Paris daisy. the European daisy, Bellis perennis.
  2. any of several daisylike flowers, especially Chrysanthemum frutescens, cultivated for its numerous white-rayed, yellow-centered flowers.

Origin of marguerite

1865–70; < French: daisy, pearl < Latin margarīta pearl < Greek; see margarite


[mahr-guh-reet; French mar-guh-reet]
  1. a female given name, French form of Margaret. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for marguerite

Contemporary Examples of marguerite

Historical Examples of marguerite

  • Marguerite opened the door, and my mother came and pretended to be astonished.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Marguerite helped me to arrange the cups, and I went into the drawing-room.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • My mother gave me permission to do so, and our old Marguerite was to accompany us.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • You asked me just now what malady it was that killed my poor Marguerite.

  • Joan and Marguerite see a good deal of each other, you know.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for marguerite


  1. a cultivated garden plant, Chrysanthemum frutescens, whose flower heads have white or pale yellow rays around a yellow disc: family Asteraceae (composites)
  2. any of various related plants with daisy-like flowers, esp C. leucanthemum

Word Origin for marguerite

C19: from French: daisy, pearl, from Latin margarīta, from Greek margaritēs, from margaron
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Word Origin and History for marguerite

"oxeye daisy," 1866, from French marguerite (see Margaret). "According to French etymologists, this use of F. marguerite is not from the personal name, but comes directly from the sense 'pearl.' " [OED] In Middle English, margaret "a daisy" is attested from early 15c.

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