any plant belonging to the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, especially S. latifolia, having white or pink flowers.
any plant of the closely related genus Filipendula (or Ulmaria).

Origin of meadowsweet

First recorded in 1520–30; meadow + sweet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meadowsweet

Historical Examples of meadowsweet

  • And there is meadowsweet at the edge of the streams, and cattle.

    The Good Soldier

    Ford Madox Ford

  • Their eyes sparkled like dew on meadowsweet on a fair morning.

  • However, for the sake of his meadowsweet and his spring-green binding this must be forgiven him.


    Oscar Wilde

  • Mrs. Meadowsweet often said that there were rings and rings.

  • "You're just the person I'm glad to see, my dear," said Mrs. Meadowsweet.

British Dictionary definitions for meadowsweet



a Eurasian rosaceous plant, Filipendula ulmaria, with dense heads of small fragrant cream-coloured flowersSee also dropwort (def. 1)
any of several North American rosaceous plants of the genus Spiraea, having pyramid-shaped sprays of small flowers
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