- 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