Definition of gladiolus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɡladēˈōləs/

noun (plural gladioli /-lī/)

An Old World plant of the iris family, with sword-shaped leaves and spikes of brightly colored flowers, popular in gardens and as a cut flower.
  • Genus Gladiolus, family Iridaceae: many species.
Example sentences
  • The tulip is followed in popularity by the daffodil and other narcissi, the gladiolus, the lily and the crocus.
  • In the perennial gardens, the use of colorful and fragrant plants, including gladiolus, iris, tuberose and alstroemeria, is abundant.
  • Together with gladioli, lilies and begonias, the dahlias are one of the most important and popular summer-flowering bulbs.


Old English (originally denoting the gladdon, a purple-flowered iris), from Latin, diminutive of gladius 'sword' (used as a plant name by Pliny).

Words that rhyme with gladiolus

Aeolus, alveolus, bolas, bolus, holus-bolus, solus, toeless

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Syllabification: glad·i·o·lus

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