- any of a genus (Syringa) of hardy shrubs or trees of the olive family, with large clusters of tiny, fragrant flowers ranging in color from white, through many shades of lavender, to deep crimson
- the flower of this plant
- pale purple
Origin of lilacFrench (now lilas) from Arabic l?lak from Persian l?lak, n?lak, bluish from n?l, indigo from Sanskrit nila, dark blue, indigo
of a pale-purple color
- Any of various shrubs of the genus Syringa, especially S. vulgaris, which has been widely cultivated for its clusters of fragrant flowers that are usually purplish or white but may be pink, blue, or creamy yellow depending on the cultivar.
- A pale to light or moderate purple.
Origin of lilacObsolete French from Arabic līlak from Middle Persian nīlak from nīl indigo from Sanskrit nīlī from nīla- dark blue
(comparative more lilac, superlative most lilac)
- (colour) having a pale purple colour.