Definition of frangipani in US English:


nounPlural frangipanis

  • 1A tropical American tree or shrub with clusters of fragrant white, pink, or yellow flowers.

    Genus Plumeria, family Apocynaceae: several species, in particular P. rubra

    • ‘But sometimes, after too many summer days, purple clouds pile up in the sky and a cool wind brings in the sweet-smelling scent of the frangipani flowers outside the window.’
    • ‘Here, in the debilitating heat, breathing in the thick scent of the frangipani trees which shade the graves, a grim episode of 20th century history becomes poignantly and powerfully vivid.’
    • ‘Propagating frangipani is simple and do it in the winter when sap movement is at its least.’
    • ‘Apart from that, frangipanis are pretty hardy, and a bit of root pruning on one side will probably have little effect on your magnificent sounding tree.’
    • ‘There were red and purple bougainvillea flowers, scarlet and apricot hibiscus hedges, flame-of-the-forest trees and the sweetly scented waxy-white flowers of the frangipani trees.’
    • ‘We are sitting outside the council building, admiring what a local told us was the largest frangipani tree in the world.’
    • ‘During the months of summer place your frangipani in a warm sunny position with good air movement’
    • ‘A giant frangipani tree overshadows the house, which remains the family home.’
    • ‘And from our breakfast perch on the windowless hotel verandah high above a rainswept gorge almost overrun with verdant, luxuriant jungle dotted with palms, frangipani, hibiscus and pink orchids, the rain was positively uplifting.’
    • ‘Our frangipani tree in the front yard had been snapped in half.’
    • ‘The path through an entrance pavilion (embellished by a Bertoia sculpture) opens into a magical stony garden, a fragment of desert outcrop sprouting spiny cacti and frangipani.’
    • ‘The temple complex, earlier than Angkor, is a steep climb up through frangipani trees - but the view from the top and the early carvings, some almost hidden by the jungle, make the effort worth-while.’
    • ‘The frangipani, gardenias and jasmine will all be in flower for Christmas.’
    • ‘Although they look somewhat drab in the winter, frangipanis are wonderfully easy to grow and flower beautifully for many months over summer.’
    • ‘In the evening, exotic birds make strange sounds and the night air is scented with tropical blooms like hibiscus, frangipani and bougainvillea.’
    • ‘Andra said he added lighting to embellish the frangipani tree and turn it into a natural ornament during the evening so that when viewed from the stairway, people can still see the tree's luscious dark green leaves and its exotic flowers.’
    • ‘Our hotel had the most exquisite gardens with bonsai and frangipani trees everywhere.’
    • ‘Semi-tropical plants such as frangipani and hibiscus should not be moved until October when the ground is warmer.’
    • ‘I have written all my life about that street, the frangipani, giant baobabs, lush and long gardens.’
    • ‘Common plants used include manioc, yam, papaya, mango, lime, and frangipani.’
    1. 1.1 Perfume obtained from the frangipani plant.
      • ‘You know the drill - ‘this oil contains notes of fresh frangipani with citrus undertones to awaken your senses’ spoken in the sort of hushed tones reserved for sanctified grounds.’
      • ‘I close my eyes and smell frangipani on the evening air.’


Mid 19th century: named after the Marquis Muzio Frangipani, a 16th-century Italian nobleman who invented a perfume for scenting gloves.