a plant, Reseda odorata, common in gardens, having racemes of small, fragrant, greenish-white flowers with prominent orange anthers.
a grayish green resembling the color of a reseda plant.

Origin of mignonette

From French, dating back to 1690–1700; see origin at mignon, -ette
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Historical Examples of mignonette

  • Her own room was on the shady side where pots of mignonette died within a week.


    Emile Zola

  • From springtime until autumn the presbytery was redolent of mignonette.


    Anatole France

  • Hyacinth (aside, Fellar talks as if the animal were a pot of mignonette).

    Frank Fairlegh

    Frank E. Smedley

  • She identified it with her pain, and years after the smell of mignonette was intolerable to her.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • This mignonette is the chief source of the perfume which fills my cell.

    The Basket of Flowers

    Christoph von Schmid

British Dictionary definitions for mignonette



any of various mainly Mediterranean plants of the resedaceous genus Reseda, such as R. odorata (garden mignonette), that have spikes of small greenish-white flowers with prominent anthers
a type of fine pillow lace


  1. of a greyish-green colour; reseda
  2. (as modifier)mignonette ribbons

Word Origin for mignonette

C18: from French, diminutive of mignon
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