Definition of reseda in US English:



  • 1A plant of the genus Reseda (family Resedaceae), especially (in gardening) a mignonette.

    • ‘Reseda alba, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.’
    • ‘The genus Reseda("mignonette", reseda) has been introduced into Panama and is cultivated in gardens in the Boquete region.’
    • ‘The Latin name Reseda means "to calm or appease," and refers to the fact that the plant was employed by the Romans in treating bruises.’
  • 2The pale green color of mignonette flowers.

    • ‘The nave's steel framework - weighing in at 8,500 tonnes, compared to the Eiffel Tower’s 8,000 tonnes - was completely repaired and returned to its original colour, light reseda green.’
    • ‘We are also, we are told, when wearing a reseda dress, to introduce yellow tulips into our costume.’


  • Pale green.


Mid 18th century: from Latin, interpreted in the sense ‘assuage!’, imperative of resedare, with reference to its supposed curative powers.