Definition of lilac noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪlək//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪlək//
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  1. 1 [uncountable, countable] a bush or small tree with purple or white flowers with a sweet smell that grow closely together in the shape of a cone
  2. 2 [uncountable] a pale purple colour
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from obsolete French, via Spanish and Arabic from Persian līlak, variant of nīlak ‘bluish’, from nīl ‘blue’.

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