Pronunciation Noun

lily (plural lilies)

  1. Any of several flowers in the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae, which includes a great many ornamental species.
  2. 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.
  3. (heraldiccharge) The flower used as a heraldic charge; also commonly used to describe the fleur-de-lis.
  4. The end of a compass needle that should point north, traditionally often ornamented with the figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis.
  5. (card games, usually, in the plural) A royal spade in auction bridge.
  6. (cartomancy) The thirtieth Lenormand card, representing calmness and maturity.
Translations Adjective

lily (not comparable)

  1. (slang, derogatory) White (as a racial epithet).

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A female given name. Popular around 1900 and currently returning to favor.
    • 1866, Frances Eleanor Trollope, "The Tale of Aunt Margaret's Trouble", ''All the Year Round, Aug 11th, 1866, page 100:
      "Poor little thing! She is very wee and frail, isn't she? Only two months old. We came away from the north, as soon as I was able to travel. She is called Lily."
      I remembered Horace having once told me that his mother's name had been Lilias.
    • 2001 Catherine Coulter: Hemlock Bay. Jove, 2002. ISBN 0515133302 page 57:
      "Lily is such a romantic name. It sounds to me like soft music; it's the sort of name to make one dream of fanciful things."
      Lily smiled. "It's my grandmother's name. Coincidence, maybe, but she grew the most beautiful lilies."

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