Meaning of dianthus in English:


Pronunciation /dʌɪˈanθəs/

nounplural noun dianthuses

  • A flowering plant of a genus that includes the pinks and carnations.

    Genus Dianthus, family Caryophyllaceae

    ‘Try ornamental kale and cabbage, Chinese cabbage, crinkle-leaf parsley, spinach, snapdragon and dianthus underplanted with spring-flowering bulbs.’
    • ‘There are a number of cool-season vegetables to plant, along with flowers such as dianthus, petunias, snapdragons and violas.’
    • ‘Other gardeners prefer to interplant them with spring flowers such as columbines, daisies, dianthus, Iceland poppies, lupines, and peonies.’
    • ‘But dianthus, like orchids, are easily crossed among the species, and as a result we can enjoy varieties fall, winter and spring.’
    • ‘As a counterpoint to the hot, dry look of the sandstone, Charlotte chose cottage-garden flowers including campanulas, catmint, dianthus, peonies, and roses in shades of lavender, pink, blue, and wine red.’


From Greek Dios ‘of Zeus’ + anthos ‘a flower’.