lavender

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From Middle English lavendre, from Anglo-Norman lavendre (French lavande), from Medieval Latin lavendula, possibly from Latin lividus (bluish), but influenced by lavō (wash) due to use of lavender in washing clothes.

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lavender (countable and uncountable, plural lavenders)

  1. Any of a group of European plants, genus, Lavandula, of the mint family.
  2. (color) A pale bluish purple colour, like that of the lavender flower.
    lavender:  
    web lavender:  
  3. (film, historical, uncountable) A kind of film stock for creating positive prints from negatives as part of the process of duplicating the negatives.

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lavender (comparative more lavender, superlative most lavender)

  1. (color) Having a pale purple colour.
  2. (politics) Pertaining to LGBT people and rights.
    • 1966, Thomas Pynchon, chapter 5, in The Crying of Lot 49, New York: Bantam Books, published 1976, →ISBN, page 81:
      “Now in here,” their guide, sweating dark tentacles into his tab collar, briefed them, “you are going to see the members of the third sex, the lavender crowd this city by the Bay is so justly famous for.
  3. (politics) Pertaining to lesbian feminism; opposing heterosexism. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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lavender (third-person singular simple present lavenders, present participle lavendering, simple past and past participle lavendered)

  1. (transitive) To decorate or perfume with lavender.
    • 1986, Katherine Gibson Fougera, With Custer's Cavalry, page 47:
      Short shafts of dying sunlight mingled with the deepening grey, lavendering the horizon, and all nature seemed to hush as though waiting to welcome the night.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French lavandiere, from Medieval Latin lavandārius.

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  • IPA(key): /lavənˈdeːr/, /ˈlavəndər/, /lau̯nˈdeːr/, /ˈlau̯ndər/

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lavender (plural lavenderes)

  1. A washer; one (especially a woman) who washes clothes.
  2. (euphemistic) A woman employed in prostitution or having loose morals.
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  • English: launder
  • Scots: launer
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French lavendre.

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lavender

  1. Alternative form of lavendre