Definition of edelweiss in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈādlˌwīs/ /ˈādlˌvīs/


A European mountain plant that has woolly white bracts around its small flowers and downy gray-green leaves.
  • Leontopodium alpinum, family Compositae.
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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Syllabification: e·del·weiss

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