Definition of marigold in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmerəˌɡōld/


1A plant of the daisy family, typically with yellow, orange, or copper-brown flowers, that is widely cultivated as an ornamental.
  • Genera Tagetes (the French and African marigolds) and Calendula (the common (or pot) marigold), family Compositae.
Example sentences
  • Dark-leafed Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ and bright orange pot marigold add contrast and stop the group looking wishy-washy.
  • Fast-growing annuals such as nasturtium, candytuft and pot marigold can still be sown.
  • Poppies, sweet peas, pot marigold and gilia are all waiting in our yard for attention.
1.1Used in names of other plants with yellow flowers, e.g., corn marigold, marsh marigold.


Late Middle English: from the given name Mary (probably referring to the Virgin) + dialect gold, denoting the corn or garden marigold in Old English.

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Syllabification: mar·i·gold

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