Definition of palm in English:


Syllabification: palm
Pronunciation: /pä(l)m


(also palm tree)
1An unbranched evergreen tree with a crown of long feathered or fan-shaped leaves, and typically having old leaf scars forming a regular pattern on the trunk. Palms grow in warm regions, especially the tropics.
  • Family Palmae (or Arecaceae): numerous genera and species, some of which are of great commercial importance, e.g., the oil palm, date palm, and coconut
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  • They even feel attached to the tree or the palm tree that might stand outside their home.
  • The California Fan Palm is the only palm tree native to western North America and its natural range is farther south.
  • So I obediently drew two leaves, belonging to a palm tree just beyond the verandah.
1.1A leaf of a palm tree awarded as a prize or viewed as a symbol of victory or triumph: the consensus was that the palm should go to Doerner
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  • Albeit there are those latter-day scientists who would tend instead to award the ancestral palm to the lung-fish.
  • Note that Jacopo adds something not prescribed - an angel swooping down with a palm, symbol of martyrdom.
  • Step forward for a palm of victory.
prize, trophy, award, crown, laurel wreath, laurels, bays


Old English palm(a), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch palm and German Palme, from Latin palma 'palm (of a hand)', its leaf being likened to a spread hand.

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