Definition of henna in English:

henna

Syllabification: hen·na
Pronunciation: /ˈhenə
 
/

noun

1The powdered leaves of a tropical shrub, used as a dye to color the hair and decorate the body.
More example sentences
  • Unlike black and red henna, which dye your hair, neutral henna just adds body and shine.
  • I used to love coloring my hair red with henna, but finally quit doing it.
  • Most people in November were wearing leather coats, as you see throughout Europe, and the women, most of whom were brunettes, had dyed their hair with henna.
2The Old World shrub that produces henna, with small pink, red, or white flowers.
  • Lawsonia inermis, family Lythraceae
More example sentences
  • Originally, natural dyes from amla, henna, pomegranate, indigo and turmeric were used to dye the silk.
  • It uses the coloring properties of henna, a bushlike herb that grows throughout Africa and the Middle East.
  • The herbs illam and henna were used by women to soften and beautify their skin.

verb (hennas, hennaing, hennaed /ˈhenəd/)

[with object] Back to top  
Dye (hair) with henna.
More example sentences
  • She had her hennaed hair in a bun, running around, looking young and beautiful.
  • It is not uncommon for brides and their friends to take over a bathhouse the night before the big day and go through the rituals of washing, depilation and even hennaing the hair.
  • Her hair is hennaed to cover the grey and her figure was long ago permanently shrouded in a shapeless dress.

Origin

early 17th century: from Arabic ḥinnā'.

Definition of henna in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day flippant
Pronunciation: ˈflɪp(ə)nt
adjective
not showing a serious or respectful attitude