Definition of marigold in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmerəˌɡōld/ /ˈmɛrəˌɡoʊld/


  • 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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most people are familiar with pot marigold and nasturtium, my favourite good-value plant with its peppery-tasting leaves, decorative edible flowers, and plump seeds that can be pickled as capers.’
    • ‘Calendula, also known as Scotch or pot marigold, is another old trouper.’
    • ‘It is also know as pot marigold, but should not to be confused with the common garden marigolds of the Tagetes species.’
    • ‘Its fern-like foliage provides a soft background for smaller sun-loving petunias, daisies, marigolds and others.’
    • ‘If you have a history of allergy to daisies, ragweed, marigolds, chrysanthemums, or related plants, you may be more at risk of having an allergic reaction to echinacea.’
    • ‘There were also carnations, marigolds and daisies planted around the sides of the garden.’
    • ‘I went upstairs on the roof and sat among the potted plants, among the violets and chrysanthemums and marigolds and daisies.’
    • ‘Their garden includes an impressive display of petunias, orange marigolds and lilies, and hundreds of eye-catching colours are on display.’
    • ‘The field was dotted with a wide assortment of colors, both vibrant in their autumn oranges and yellow marigolds and subdued with pastels of pink and sky.’
    • ‘For example - a bright blue pot planted with orange marigolds stands out in any setting.’
    • ‘These included lilacs, lindens, Virginia creeper, marigolds, sunflowers, honeysuckle, pinks, and daisies.’
    • ‘Almost hypnotic he thought, and upon closing his eyes he saw a vast field of marigolds and daisies that had covered the backyard to his home.’
    • ‘There were daisies, petunias, tulips, marigolds, and sunflowers.’
    • ‘Vibrant orange marigolds sit quite comfortably close to the paler blue cornflower.’
    • ‘The yellow of their egg yolks will be an even more intense golden color thanks to the natural orange pigments in the marigolds.’
    • ‘The air is awash with the fragrance of marigolds as families weep and hug their departing ones: proud and sad and a little apprehensive, but incredibly happy for what the future holds.’
    • ‘If you are tempted to plant annual flower seedlings, consider the most heat-tolerant ones such as petunias, calendulas, cosmos & African marigolds.’
    1. 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.



/ˈmerəˌɡōld/ /ˈmɛrəˌɡoʊld/