marigold [mar-i-gohld] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any of several chiefly golden-flowered composite plants, especially of the genus Tagetes, as T. erecta, having strong-scented foliage and yielding an oil that repels root parasites.
  2. any of several unrelated plants, especially of the genus Calendula, as C. officinalis, the pot marigold.

Origin of marigold 1300–50; Middle English; see Mary (the Virgin), gold Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for marigold Contemporary Examples of marigold

  • It was mostly covered by a safety orange balaclava, which she had paired with a marigold yellow lace sundress.

    Amnesty International’s Pussy Riot Concert: Balaclavas and Punk Rockers

    Robin Givhan

    August 13, 2012

  • Historical Examples of marigold

  • The dahlia dons its gay cockade, Its flaming cap the marigold.

    Enamels and Cameos and other Poems

    Thophile Gautier

  • She then showed them through the garden, and gave them each a marigold full-blown.

    The Crofton Boys

    Harriet Martineau

  • No, here is an African marigold, and a China-aster, and a Michaelmas daisy.

    Harry’s Ladder to Learning


  • The boys had had no time before to tell the girls about the Marigold.

    The Campfire Girls of Roselawn

    Margaret Penrose

  • Was the Marigold a real yacht, or just a row-boat with a kicker behind?

    The Campfire Girls of Roselawn

    Margaret Penrose

  • British Dictionary definitions for marigold marigold noun

    1. any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes, esp T. erecta (African marigold) and T. patula (French marigold), cultivated for their yellow or orange flower heads and strongly scented foliage: family Asteraceae (composites)
    2. any of various similar or related plants, such as the marsh marigold, pot marigold, bur marigold, and fig marigold

    Word Origin for marigold C14: from Mary (the Virgin) + gold Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for marigold n.

    late 14c., marygolde, from Mary (probably a reference to the Virgin) + gold, for color. The Old English name for the flower was simply golde.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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