lily definition by Webster's New World
- any of a large genus (Lilium) of perennial plants of the lily family, grown from a bulb and having typically trumpet-shaped flowers, white or colored
- the flower or the bulb of any of these plants
- any of several plants similar to the true lily, as the waterlily
- the flower of any of these plants
- the heraldic fleur-de-lis, as in the royal arms of France
Origin: Middle English lilie ; from Old English ; from Classical Latin lilium
- designating a family (Liliaceae, order Liliales) of monocotyledonous, usually herbaceous, plants, including the tulips, hyacinths, onions, and asparagus
- like a lily, as in whiteness, delicacy, purity, etc.
Origin: diminutive of Lillian or ; from lily
lily definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. lil·ies
- Any of various plants of the genus Lilium, having variously colored, often trumpet-shaped flowers.
- Any of various similar or related plants, such as the day lily or the water lily.
- The flower of any of these plants.
Origin: Middle English lilie, from Old English, from Latin līlium.
lily - Phrases/Idioms
gild the lily