Definition of honesty in English:


Syllabification: hon·es·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈänistē


  • 2A European plant with purple or white flowers and round, flat, translucent seedpods that are used for indoor flower arrangements. Also called money plant.
    • Genus Lunaria, family Brassicaceae
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    • Honesty flowers early in the year and provides nectar for early butterflies such as the orange tip.
    • Common honesty is grown partly for its fragrant bright flowers in spring and early summer, but also for its unique oval and translucent seed-heads, much coveted by dried-flower arrangers.


Middle English: from Old French honeste, from Latin honestas, from honestus (see honest). The original sense was 'honor, respectability', later 'decorum, virtue, chastity'. The plant is so named from its seedpods, translucency symbolizing lack of deceit.

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