- a perennial Old World plant (Crocus sativus) of the iris family, with funnel-shaped, purplish flowers having orange stigmas
- the dried, aromatic stigmas of this plant, used in flavoring and coloring foods, and formerly in medicine
- orange yellowalso saffron yellow
Origin of saffronMiddle English saffroun from Old French safran from Medieval Latin safranum from Arabic za?far?n
- a. A corm-producing plant (Crocus sativus) native to the eastern Mediterranean region, having purple or white flowers with orange stigmas.b. The dried aromatic stigmas of this plant, used to color foods and as a cooking spice and dyestuff.
- A moderate or strong orange yellow to moderate orange.
Origin of saffronMiddle English safroun from Old French safran from Medieval Latin safrānum from Arabic za'farān Akkadian azupīru of unknown origin
(countable and uncountable, plural saffrons)
- Having a orange-yellow colour.
- A female given name; a rare flower name from the saffron.