Definition of edelweiss in English:


Syllabification: e·del·weiss
Pronunciation: /ˈādlˌwīs, -ˌvīs


A European mountain plant that has woolly white bracts around its small flowers and downy gray-green leaves.
  • Leontopodium alpinum, family Compositae
More example sentences
  • Celebrated in The Sound of Music, the edelweiss has white star-shaped flowers and grows on rocks and in crevices.
  • Even the dignified Sir Alec Guinness was so enamoured of his co-star in ‘Fall of the Roman Empire’ that he searched the Swiss mountains for a rare edelweiss to lay at her feet.
  • Large carnivores, it turned out, were attracting people who wouldn't come just for the edelweiss and primrose.


mid 19th century: from German, from edel 'noble' + weiss 'white'.

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