Definition of frangipani in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfran(d)ZHəˈpanē/ Pronunciation: /ˌfran(d)ZHəˈpänē/
(also frangipane)

noun (plural same or frangipanis)

1A tropical American tree or shrub with clusters of fragrant white, pink, or yellow flowers.
  • Genus Plumeria, family Apocynaceae: several species, in particular P. rubra.
Example sentences
  • Although they look somewhat drab in the winter, frangipanis are wonderfully easy to grow and flower beautifully for many months over summer.
  • There were red and purple bougainvillea flowers, scarlet and apricot hibiscus hedges, flame-of-the-forest trees and the sweetly scented waxy-white flowers of the frangipani trees.
  • But sometimes, after too many summer days, purple clouds pile up in the sky and a cool wind brings in the sweet-smelling scent of the frangipani flowers outside the window.
1.1Perfume obtained from the frangipani plant.
Example sentences
  • I close my eyes and smell frangipani on the evening air.
  • You know the drill - ‘this oil contains notes of fresh frangipani with citrus undertones to awaken your senses’ spoken in the sort of hushed tones reserved for sanctified grounds.


Mid 19th century: named after the Marquis Muzio Frangipani, a 16th-century Italian nobleman who invented a perfume for scenting gloves.

Words that rhyme with frangipani

Afghani, ani, Armani, Azerbaijani, Barney, biriani, blarney, Carney, Fulani, Galvani, Giovanni, Hindustani, Killarney, maharani, Mbabane, Modigliani, Omani, Pakistani, Rafsanjani, Rajasthani, rani, sarnie

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Syllabification: fran·gi·pan·i

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