Definition of daffodil in US English:



  • A bulbous plant that typically bears bright yellow flowers with a long trumpet-shaped center (corona).

    Genus Narcissus, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae): several species, in particular the common N. pseudonarcissus and its varieties. See also narcissus

    • ‘Fall is the time to plant the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that bloom in the spring.’
    • ‘The villagers have come from their gardens and planted the roadsides with daffodils.’
    • ‘The crocuses and daffodils have come and gone, the magnolias and cherry trees are in bloom.’
    • ‘Many hardy bulbs, such as daffodils, perennialize well and can be left in the ground to flower year after year.’
    • ‘Splashes of yellow and pink are supplied by clumps of daffodils and bergenia.’
    • ‘A few inexpensive pots of snazzy red tulips, golden daffodils or purple crocus can brighten a dreary spring day.’
    • ‘The city will reap the benefit in the spring when daffodils and crocus give the city's parks and verges a splash of colour.’
    • ‘Laurel trees are budding and also daffodils and snowdrops are in bloom.’
    • ‘Volunteers are urgently needed to help plant daffodils and tulips bulbs.’
    • ‘This daffodil produces a yellow flower with an extremely long trumpet.’
    • ‘Yellow is the most cheerful of all colours, which is why it is so lovely to have daffodils and jonquils in the garden.’
    • ‘Squirrels and other small creatures won't eat daffodils or other narcissi bulbs.’
    • ‘The narcissi, snowdrops and primuli are in bloom and the daffodils are starting to shoot.’
    • ‘On the way home we passed through a universe of early spring flowers - snowdrops and daffodils for the most part.’
    • ‘If crocuses and daffodils mark the beginnings of spring, tulips are surely its climax.’
    • ‘The school grounds will soon be awash with bright yellow daffodils as the flowers emerge from their bulbs.’
    • ‘Snowdrops are in full bloom, and daffodils and hyacinth are following fast.’
    • ‘Bulb flowers such as daffodils should have their stems snipped across at an angle.’
    • ‘It's May again and the daffodils rear their predictable sunny, yellow heads.’
    • ‘The leek and the daffodil are also important Welsh symbols.’


Mid 16th century: from late Middle English affodill, from medieval Latin affodilus, variant of Latin asphodilus (see asphodel). The initial d- is unexplained.