Definition of mahogany in English:

mahogany

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Hard reddish-brown timber from a tropical tree, used for quality furniture.

    • ‘The 1962 yacht, crafted from mahogany and teak, takes two guests.’
    • ‘All the furniture was mahogany, from the four poster bed, to the vanity and armoir.’
    • ‘Recently commissioned pieces include a cubed coffee table in maple, mahogany and teak which doubles as a chessboard, and a laminated cherry and walnut lamp with a carved design.’
    • ‘Grain patterns in the mahogany are too indistinct to establish that boards in the two tables came from the same tree, although such comparisons often prove very useful.’
    • ‘Stockpiles of pine, cherry, hickory, cedar, hard pine, and mahogany were inventoried in the pattern shop.’
    • ‘The deep mahogany of the grand piano surrounded and enveloped her plump figure.’
    • ‘So you'll notice dark-colored wood such as mahogany, and rich colors like burgundy, forest green, yellow, and shades of beige.’
    • ‘Unlike the main hall, Quinn's office was made out of rich, dark mahogany.’
    • ‘Both Old and New World mahoganies are considered to be very good for guitar backs and sides, particularly for recording instruments.’
    • ‘That bassoon he played was made out of rich mahogany with red-gold keys.’
    • ‘Wood benches made from hardwood such as teak, redwood, mahogany, or cedar can stay outside year-round.’
    • ‘The five woods most commonly used in furniture production are cherry, walnut, oak, maple and mahogany.’
    • ‘The desks and chairs and some furniture were made of antique mahogany.’
    • ‘Traditionally, guitars are made from the world's finest cuts of mahogany and rosewood harvested from rainforests in countries like Brazil.’
    • ‘While the other built-in wardrobes are teak, mahogany is used in the final bedroom.’
    • ‘The furniture was all mahogany and classic looking.’
    • ‘The bath was enormous, shiny white and surrounded by a wide shelf of polished mahogany.’
    • ‘Artisans carve objects (ranging from wall hangings to furniture) from mahogany and other tropical hardwoods.’
    • ‘He walked the 300 metre long hall, carved from antique mahogany and adorned with precious gems and family portraits.’
    • ‘I gazed at the mahogany of the desk, the long scar made there by a shattering coffee mug almost three years ago.’
    1. 1.1A rich reddish-brown colour like that of mahogany wood.
      [as modifier] ‘the shining mahogany hair flowed to her shoulders’
      • ‘My eldest son's holiday reading was the brand new Harry Potter and, with his sun-streaked hair and mahogany tan, he looked like a local.’
      • ‘The carpet, a rich red mahogany, sunk a little to the touch, making it pleasant to walk on.’
      • ‘He wheeled around to see a young woman with wonderful mahogany hair, a few inches taller than himself, looking vaguely concerned.’
      • ‘Her hair, long, and the colour of mahogany, swished like water.’
      • ‘Folly has now been followed up with the release of a second, stronger offering, Executioner, a 4.5 per cent dark beer, with a rich mahogany, almost reddish colour.’
      • ‘There was one girl next to her about the same height as Kelsey with rich wavy mahogany hair, a spray of freckles on her face, and dark, chocolate eyes.’
      • ‘He covered his disbelief with a feigned smile, walking his wrinkled fingers across the deep mahogany colored desk.’
      • ‘Chien was seven years her senior and looked more Filipino than Chinese with his tan complexion, mahogany brown eyes and lanky figure.’
      • ‘Merle was standing in the middle of the garden in her black trousers and white blouse, the sunlight highlighting the red and bronze of her mahogany hair.’
      • ‘Cam had to knock again before the door opened, the guy was a little shorter than me with mahogany hair and warm brown eyes.’
      • ‘Celest stands outside the movie theater dressed in a short black dress, her long mahogany hair combed back hanging loose on her back cascading over her shoulders.’
      • ‘He had dark mahogany hair that was parted in the middle and fell just below his cheekbones, half covering his dark eyes.’
      • ‘The other was a mare the color of narra, a wood that her Pappy used throughout his house in Maui, a reddish brown richer than mahogany.’
      • ‘Her deep red hair was the rich colour of mahogany and her eyes were a warm leaf green.’
      • ‘Stained a deliciously rich mahogany color, the inside of the Threepersons is light tan.’
      • ‘Although it is not large and the wood is a thick mahogany colour, the venue is afforded an airy feeling by the large windows with views out onto Hughes' Bridge and Sligo Harbour.’
      • ‘The floor was a white marble, the walls were made of carved white plaster, the bed was made of a rich mahogany colour, and there wasn't any glass in the windows.’
      • ‘A pale face peeked out from behind a long fall of mahogany hair and light green eyes stood out against too much black eyeliner.’
      • ‘She tucked a strand of mahogany brown hair that had come loose from her braid behind her ear and smiled at Royce.’
      • ‘The walls were a dark rose, the carpet was a dark charcoal color, and the dresser was a deep mahogany.’
  • 2The tropical tree which produces mahogany.

    • ‘Among the majestic mahoganies and cedars, many over 200 feet tall, stands the giant, sacred ceiba which, according to the Mayan cosmic view stands at the earth's center uniting the universe.’
    • ‘The farm is growing Ipe, mahogany, and teak, but the trees are young.’
    • ‘More recently, a massive mahogany on the premises of the Fine Arts College in Palayam came under the axe, but tree-lovers did not seem to be unduly worried.’
    • ‘As someone who was involved in lobbying for greater protection for mahoganies, from way back in the 1980s, one of the first things I looked at was the status of mahoganies in the various tabulations.’
    • ‘Trees in the forests include the juniper, the mountain mahogany, the pinion and other pines.’
    • ‘The region's timber draws truckloads of migrant workers who come to cut its prized mahogany, an expensive hardwood in high demand overseas.’
    • ‘At the higher elevations, manzanita is the abundant shrub, while midslope shrubs include chamise, coffeeberry, redberry, and two kinds of mountain mahoganies.’
    • ‘Three wood species are available: all heart redwood, mahogany, and Western red cedar.’
    • ‘We went through a set of pines, junipers, and mountain mahoganies and could see the big tree was right ahead.’
    • ‘In addition to seafood, the Atlantic coast is rich in other resources, including pine, rosewood, and mahogany as well as gold and silver.’
    1. 2.1Used in names of trees which yield timber similar to mahogany, e.g. African mahogany.
      • ‘The whole room was decorated with African mahogany, everything from bedside tables to bookcases and sofas.’
      • ‘In a current case, he's studying samples from a U.S. company that's trying to sell lumber and veneer that it claims are at least in part African mahogany.’
      • ‘There are also some excellent African mahoganies, such as Khaya and Sapele.’
      • ‘African mahoganies are marketed under the names of the shipping ports, as the shipments from the various ports usually differ in proportion to the different species cut in the region.’
      • ‘The same is true of the African mahoganies, iroko and some of the South East Asian dipterocarps but the actual conditions required will vary from one ecological community to another.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

mahogany

/məˈhɒɡəni/