Definition of jonquil in English:



  • A widely cultivated narcissus with clusters of small fragrant yellow flowers and cylindrical leaves, native to southern Europe and north-eastern Africa.

    Narcissus jonquilla, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae)

    • ‘In actual fact, all daffodils and jonquils are narcissi - but only some narcissi are daffodils and only a few are jonquils.’
    • ‘Yellow is the most cheerful of all colours, which is why it is so lovely to have daffodils and jonquils in the garden.’
    • ‘I could see some particularly attractive flowers up ahead, and as we drew closer, I realized that they were jonquils, my favorite flower.’
    • ‘However, late summer and early fall is the time we need to be planting and nurturing our jonquils to make sure they are bright and healthy later.’
    • ‘Other flowers featured in the magazine included daisies and daffodils, jonquils and jasmines, roses and ranunculus, and hundreds of others.’


Early 17th century: from modern Latin jonquilla or French jonquille, from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco, from Latin juncus ‘rush, reed’.