- any of a genus (Lavandula) of fragrant European plants of the mint family, having spikes of pale-purplish flowers and yielding an aromatic oil (oil of lavender)
- the dried flowers, leaves, and stalks of this plant, used to fill sachets and to perfume clothes, linens, etc.
- a pale purple
Origin of lavenderMiddle English from Anglo-French lavendre from Medieval Latin lavandria, akin to lavendula (from source German lavendel) from Classical Latin lavare, to wash (see lave): from use as bath perfume
- Informal of or having to do with homosexuals or homosexuality
to perfume with lavender
- a. Any of various aromatic plants of the genus Lavandula of the mint family, native chiefly to the Mediterranean region, especially L. angustifolia, having clusters of small purplish flowers. Lavender is widely cultivated as an ornamental and for its essential oil, used in perfumery and cosmetics.b. The fragrant dried leaves, stems, and flowers of this plant.
- A pale to light purple to very light or very pale violet.
Origin of lavenderMiddle English lavendre from Anglo-Norman from Medieval Latin livendula, lavendula perhaps from Latin līvidus bluish ; see livid .
(countable and uncountable, plural lavenders)
(comparative more lavender, superlative most lavender)
- Having a pale purple colour.