Definition of mignonette in English:



  • A herbaceous plant with spikes of small fragrant greenish flowers.

    • ‘The lightweight polypropylene mesh stretches between stakes, over your flowers that need support - like snapdragons, lisianthus, campanula, mignonette and many more.’
    • ‘Try poppies, cornflowers, stocks, love-in-a-mist, cosmos, mignonette, larkspur, honesty, ox-eye daisies, marigolds, phlox, sunflowers, zinnias - whatever takes your fancy.’
    • ‘I used to put a little vase of mignonette beside his photograph.’
    • ‘At Vithion in its wonderful setting by the sea near the end of the peninsula, there were mignonettes, scarlet tulips and geraniums.’


Early 18th century: from French mignonnette, diminutive of mignon ‘small and sweet’.