- 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 of lilyMiddle 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.
gild the lily
to attempt vain improvements on something that is already excellent or perfect
a feminine name
Origin of Lilydiminutive of Lillian or ; from lily
- 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 daylily or the water lily.
- The flower of any of these plants.
Origin of lilyMiddle English lilie, from Old English, from Latin līlium.
- Any of several flowers in the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae, which includes a great many ornamental species.
- Any of several species of herbaceous flower which may or may not resemble the genus Lilium in some way, and which are not closely related to it or each other.
- The end of a compass needle that should point north, traditionally often ornamented with the figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis.
- (slang, derogatory) White (as a racial epithet).
ḥrr.t (ḥereret) 'flower'. Perhaps also the root of Sanskrit हली/हलिनी (halI/halinI), both also meaning lily.
- A female given name. Popular around 1900 and currently returning to favor.