- any of a genus (Plumeria) of tropical American shrubs and trees of the dogbane family, with large, funnel-shaped flowers and milky sap; specif., a small tree (P. rubra) with fragrant, reddish flowers that are used, in Hawaii, to make leis
- a perfume obtained from, or scented like, such flowers
- a custard dessert or a custard filling for cakes and tarts, usually flavored with ground almonds
Origin of frangipaniIt, after Marquis Frangipani (16th-c. Italian nobleman), said to have invented the perfume
- Any of various deciduous shrubs or trees of the genus Plumeria, native to tropical America and widely naturalized elsewhere, having milky sap and showy, fragrant, funnel-shaped, variously colored flowers. Also called plumeria, temple tree.
- A perfume derived from or similar in scent to the flowers of one of these shrubs or trees.
- also fran·gi·pane A creamy pastry filling flavored with almonds.
Origin of frangipaniFrench frangipane, after Muzio Frangipani, 16th-century Italian marquis.
From an Italian noble family, a sixteenth-century marquess who invented a plumeria-scented perfume. The name comes from frangi "breaking" + pani "bread," a reference to the family's distribution of bread in time of famine.