Definition of amaranth in English:



  • 1Any plant of the genus "Amaranthus", typically having small green, red, or purple tinted flowers. Certain varieties are grown for food.

    • ‘The organization of leaf traces in amaranths is very peculiar.’
    • ‘Several important crops are members of these families, with amaranth probably one of the most promising unexploited food and fodder crops.’
    • ‘Garnish with sea urchin, caviar, amaranth and yuzu zest.’
    • ‘This and a nearby plant were the first seabeach amaranth seen in more than 30 years.’
    • ‘For tiny grains like teff and amaranth, use a very fine mesh strainer.’
  • 2An imaginary flower that never fades.

    • ‘A rose and an amaranth blossomed side by side in a garden.’
    • ‘It is to last and never fade like the amaranth flowers.’
  • 3A purple color.

    • ‘Then the dyed cloth becomes black and shines with amaranth.’
    • ‘The grey and the amaranth show on the surface through the beige.’
    • ‘It is intense ruby in colour, tending towards a lively amaranth.’


Mid 16th century: from French amarante or modern Latin amaranthus, alteration (on the pattern of plant names ending in -anthus, from Greek anthos flower) of Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos everlasting from a- not + marainein wither.