any shrub or tree of the genus Syringa, including the lilacs.

Origin of syringa

1655–65; < New Latin < Greek sȳring- (stem of sŷrinx syrinx) + New Latin -a -a2; name first given to mock orange, the stems of which were used in pipe-making Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for syringa

Historical Examples of syringa

  • I could not do without a syringa, for the sake of Cowper's line.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

    William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh

  • They removed to Syringa Villas after that, and did the washing at home.

    More about Pixie

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • You could not see a leaf on the syringa bushes for the white clusters.

    Bliss, and Other Stories

    Katherine Mansfield

  • The rose-bushes dropped their petals, and the syringa moved in the breeze.

    The Believing Years

    Edmund Lester Pearson

  • William decided to bring her syringa, handfuls of syringa, armfuls of syringa.

    Just William

    Richmal Crompton

British Dictionary definitions for syringa



another name for mock orange, lilac (def. 1)

Word Origin for syringa

C17: from New Latin, from Greek surinx tube, alluding to the use of its hollow stems for pipes
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