- any of a genus (Tagetes) of annual plants of the composite family, with chiefly red, yellow, or orange flowers
- the flower of any of these
- any of several other plants, usually of the composite family, as the pot marigold
Origin of marigoldMiddle English marigolde ; from Marie (prob. the Virgin Mary) + gold, gold
- Any of various American plants of the genus Tagetes of the composite family, widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers.
- Any of several plants related to the marigold or having similar flowers, such as the marsh marigold.
Origin of marigoldMiddle English : Mari, Mary (ultimately from Greek Maria; see marionette) + golde, marigold (from Old English; probably akin to gold).
(comparative more marigold, superlative most marigold)
- Having the color of marigolds, a bright yellowish-orange hue.