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.
- Any of a group of European plants, genus, Lavandula, of the mint family.
- (color) A pale bluish purple colour, like that of the lavender flower.
- web lavender:
- (film, historical, uncountable) A kind of film stock for creating positive prints from negatives as part of the process of duplicating the negatives.
- (plant): common lavender
- (color) Having a pale purple colour.
- (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.
- (politics) Pertaining to lesbian feminism; opposing heterosexism. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (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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lavender (plural lavenderes)
- A washer; one (especially a woman) who washes clothes.
- (euphemistic) A woman employed in prostitution or having loose morals.
- “lavender(e, n.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-12-24.
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