Definition of magnolia in English:



  • A tree or shrub with large, typically creamy-pink, waxy flowers. Magnolias are widely grown as ornamental trees.

    • ‘There's a natural coherence and spacing about the twisted elder trees, the large magnolias currently flowering in a pale pink, and the squirrels darting, students and ducks ambling among them.’
    • ‘I was so happy that I skipped all the way down 5th Avenue, admiring the dying light and the magnolias bursting into flower and the cherry blossom that seems to have come from nowhere in the last week.’
    • ‘Over 160 years in the making, Trebah now contains glades of subtropical ferns, towering bamboo and magnificent specimen trees, as well as rhododendrons and magnolias in spring.’
    • ‘I'd hiked in the Adirondaks, stood on Pacific beaches, spent hours under the Southern snow of magnolias and dogwoods.’
    • ‘Big-leaf magnolias, reminiscent of banana trees but much larger, grow profusely across every tangled terrace.’
    • ‘The pre-Victorian Italianate mansions wear the scent of magnolias, azaleas and camellia bushes.’
    • ‘In the central garden, red cardinal birds fly among the maturing magnolias, silver birches and catsura trees that Noguchi planted to shade his abstract stone sculptures.’
    • ‘The River Oaks Country Club in Houston sits like a plantation mansion amid a vast expanse of magnolias, dogwood, azaleas, and golf greens.’
    • ‘At Cashel House Hotel the cherry blossoms are in bloom and the magnolias and camellias are all out.’
    • ‘The most popular of the magnolias in South Africa, the saucer magnolia is a hybrid between two Asian species which are known by the provinces from which they come, as the Yulan and Mulan magnolias.’
    • ‘In the center of campus, wedged between the six outer buildings, was the Mason Courtyard, a large stone courtyard, filled with groves of magnolias and palmettos.’
    • ‘As much as I love the various flowering cherry trees that are a feature of a Christchurch spring, I like especially the magnolias, the mature trees in particular.’
    • ‘He lives in Pensacola, Florida, where magnolias and live oaks are evergreens.’
    • ‘If the word magnolia conjures only visions of the famous evergreen varieties of the Deep South, consider the myriad shapes and colors found among the stunning deciduous magnolias.’
    • ‘Breeding successes like camellias with better cold tolerance, American elms resistant to Dutch elm disease, and later flowering magnolias have given landscapers and gardeners important new choices.’
    • ‘The crocuses and daffodils have come and gone, the magnolias and cherry trees are in bloom.’
    • ‘Lightly prune young magnolias after they flower to encourage a pyramidal shape.’
    • ‘Members then went on to Caerhays Castle, a springtime paradise with enormous tree magnolias above carpets of spring flowers.’
    • ‘The east garden, off the entry court, was devoted to magnolias and other ornamental trees and shrubs, including a rare specimen, Davidia involucrata, first introduced from China in 1904.’
    • ‘Huge dark chinars and smaller magnolias, with their large, fragrant loose-petalled flowers, stand alongside the paths.’


Modern Latin, named after Pierre Magnol (1638–1715), French botanist.