[ toh-pee-er-ee ]
/ ˈtoʊ piˌɛr i /


(of a plant) clipped or trimmed into fantastic shapes.
of or relating to such trimming.

noun, plural to·pi·ar·ies.

topiary work; the topiary art.
a garden containing such work.

Origin of topiary

1585–95; < Latin topiārius pertaining to landscape-gardening or to ornamental gardens, equivalent to topi(a) (plural) artificial landscape (< Greek tópia (singular topion), diminutive of tópos place) + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for topiary


/ (ˈtəʊpɪərɪ) /


of, relating to, or characterized by the trimming or training of trees or bushes into artificial decorative animal, geometric, or other shapes


plural -aries
  1. topiary work
  2. a topiary garden
the art of topiary

Derived Forms

topiarian (ˌtəʊpɪˈɛərɪən), adjectivetopiarist, noun

Word Origin for topiary

C16: from French topiaire, from Latin topia decorative garden work, from Greek topion little place, from topos place
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