Definition of veronica in English:



  • 1A herbaceous plant of north temperate regions, typically with upright stems bearing narrow pointed leaves and spikes of blue or purple flowers.

    • ‘On the inside of the curve, I wove in irregular lines of flowers like Verbena ‘Purple Homestead,’ aster and veronica.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, established perennials like phlox, veronica, and yarrow are beginning to bloom.’
    • ‘The 7-inch, dark blue spikes of this veronica bob atop a plant that grows low enough that you can actually place it at the front of the border.’
  • 2A cloth supposedly impressed with an image of Jesus' face.

    • ‘The veronica represents Christ's face and, by synecdoche, his entire body.’
  • 3(in bullfighting) a slow movement of the cape away from a charging bull by the matador, who stands in place.


Early 16th century: from medieval Latin, from the given name Veronica.