Definition of mahogany in US English:

mahogany

noun

  • 1Hard reddish-brown timber from a tropical tree, used for high-quality furniture.

    • ‘The five woods most commonly used in furniture production are cherry, walnut, oak, maple and mahogany.’
    • ‘The desks and chairs and some furniture were made of antique mahogany.’
    • ‘I gazed at the mahogany of the desk, the long scar made there by a shattering coffee mug almost three years ago.’
    • ‘The furniture was all mahogany and classic looking.’
    • ‘Artisans carve objects (ranging from wall hangings to furniture) from mahogany and other tropical hardwoods.’
    • ‘Both Old and New World mahoganies are considered to be very good for guitar backs and sides, particularly for recording instruments.’
    • ‘So you'll notice dark-colored wood such as mahogany, and rich colors like burgundy, forest green, yellow, and shades of beige.’
    • ‘He walked the 300 metre long hall, carved from antique mahogany and adorned with precious gems and family portraits.’
    • ‘Recently commissioned pieces include a cubed coffee table in maple, mahogany and teak which doubles as a chessboard, and a laminated cherry and walnut lamp with a carved design.’
    • ‘The 1962 yacht, crafted from mahogany and teak, takes two guests.’
    • ‘Wood benches made from hardwood such as teak, redwood, mahogany, or cedar can stay outside year-round.’
    • ‘All the furniture was mahogany, from the four poster bed, to the vanity and armoir.’
    • ‘While the other built-in wardrobes are teak, mahogany is used in the final bedroom.’
    • ‘The bath was enormous, shiny white and surrounded by a wide shelf of polished mahogany.’
    • ‘Unlike the main hall, Quinn's office was made out of rich, dark mahogany.’
    • ‘Stockpiles of pine, cherry, hickory, cedar, hard pine, and mahogany were inventoried in the pattern shop.’
    • ‘That bassoon he played was made out of rich mahogany with red-gold keys.’
    • ‘Traditionally, guitars are made from the world's finest cuts of mahogany and rosewood harvested from rainforests in countries like Brazil.’
    • ‘Grain patterns in the mahogany are too indistinct to establish that boards in the two tables came from the same tree, although such comparisons often prove very useful.’
    • ‘The deep mahogany of the grand piano surrounded and enveloped her plump figure.’
    1. 1.1 A rich reddish-brown color like that of mahogany wood.
      • ‘He had dark mahogany hair that was parted in the middle and fell just below his cheekbones, half covering his dark eyes.’
      • ‘The other was a mare the color of narra, a wood that her Pappy used throughout his house in Maui, a reddish brown richer than mahogany.’
      • ‘Chien was seven years her senior and looked more Filipino than Chinese with his tan complexion, mahogany brown eyes and lanky figure.’
      • ‘He covered his disbelief with a feigned smile, walking his wrinkled fingers across the deep mahogany colored desk.’
      • ‘The floor was a white marble, the walls were made of carved white plaster, the bed was made of a rich mahogany colour, and there wasn't any glass in the windows.’
      • ‘Folly has now been followed up with the release of a second, stronger offering, Executioner, a 4.5 per cent dark beer, with a rich mahogany, almost reddish colour.’
      • ‘Although it is not large and the wood is a thick mahogany colour, the venue is afforded an airy feeling by the large windows with views out onto Hughes' Bridge and Sligo Harbour.’
      • ‘My eldest son's holiday reading was the brand new Harry Potter and, with his sun-streaked hair and mahogany tan, he looked like a local.’
      • ‘Stained a deliciously rich mahogany color, the inside of the Threepersons is light tan.’
      • ‘A pale face peeked out from behind a long fall of mahogany hair and light green eyes stood out against too much black eyeliner.’
      • ‘The walls were a dark rose, the carpet was a dark charcoal color, and the dresser was a deep mahogany.’
      • ‘The carpet, a rich red mahogany, sunk a little to the touch, making it pleasant to walk on.’
      • ‘Merle was standing in the middle of the garden in her black trousers and white blouse, the sunlight highlighting the red and bronze of her mahogany hair.’
      • ‘There was one girl next to her about the same height as Kelsey with rich wavy mahogany hair, a spray of freckles on her face, and dark, chocolate eyes.’
      • ‘Her hair, long, and the colour of mahogany, swished like water.’
      • ‘He wheeled around to see a young woman with wonderful mahogany hair, a few inches taller than himself, looking vaguely concerned.’
      • ‘Cam had to knock again before the door opened, the guy was a little shorter than me with mahogany hair and warm brown eyes.’
      • ‘Her deep red hair was the rich colour of mahogany and her eyes were a warm leaf green.’
      • ‘Celest stands outside the movie theater dressed in a short black dress, her long mahogany hair combed back hanging loose on her back cascading over her shoulders.’
      • ‘She tucked a strand of mahogany brown hair that had come loose from her braid behind her ear and smiled at Royce.’
      hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brown
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  • 2The tropical American tree that produces mahogany timber, widely harvested from the wild.

    Genus "Swietenia", family "Meliaceae": three species, especially "S. mahagoni"

    • ‘More recently, a massive mahogany on the premises of the Fine Arts College in Palayam came under the axe, but tree-lovers did not seem to be unduly worried.’
    • ‘Trees in the forests include the juniper, the mountain mahogany, the pinion and other pines.’
    • ‘As someone who was involved in lobbying for greater protection for mahoganies, from way back in the 1980s, one of the first things I looked at was the status of mahoganies in the various tabulations.’
    • ‘The region's timber draws truckloads of migrant workers who come to cut its prized mahogany, an expensive hardwood in high demand overseas.’
    • ‘At the higher elevations, manzanita is the abundant shrub, while midslope shrubs include chamise, coffeeberry, redberry, and two kinds of mountain mahoganies.’
    • ‘In addition to seafood, the Atlantic coast is rich in other resources, including pine, rosewood, and mahogany as well as gold and silver.’
    • ‘Three wood species are available: all heart redwood, mahogany, and Western red cedar.’
    • ‘Among the majestic mahoganies and cedars, many over 200 feet tall, stands the giant, sacred ceiba which, according to the Mayan cosmic view stands at the earth's center uniting the universe.’
    • ‘We went through a set of pines, junipers, and mountain mahoganies and could see the big tree was right ahead.’
    • ‘The farm is growing Ipe, mahogany, and teak, but the trees are young.’
    1. 2.1 Used in names of trees that yield timber similar to mahogany, e.g., Philippine mahogany.
      • ‘In a current case, he's studying samples from a U.S. company that's trying to sell lumber and veneer that it claims are at least in part African mahogany.’
      • ‘African mahoganies are marketed under the names of the shipping ports, as the shipments from the various ports usually differ in proportion to the different species cut in the region.’
      • ‘There are also some excellent African mahoganies, such as Khaya and Sapele.’
      • ‘The whole room was decorated with African mahogany, everything from bedside tables to bookcases and sofas.’
      • ‘The same is true of the African mahoganies, iroko and some of the South East Asian dipterocarps but the actual conditions required will vary from one ecological community to another.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

mahogany

/məˈhäɡənē//məˈhɑɡəni/