Definition of palmetto in English:


nounplural noun palmettos

  • A fan palm, especially one of a number occurring from the southern US to northern South America.

    Sabal and other genera, family Palmae: several species, in particular the cabbage palmetto (S. palmetto), which is the state tree of Florida (where it is better known as the sabal palm) and South Carolina

    ‘Winding roads are bordered by palmettos, crape myrtle and live oaks draped with Spanish moss.’
    • ‘The young marsh rabbit has made it to the far bank, a knee-high jungle of ragged palmettos like miniature palm trees.’
    • ‘We were allowed to linger over coffee and admire the cypress trees and palmettos in the Sipsey swamp area between Tuscaloosa and Meridian.’
    • ‘The sweet spring winds are sweeping down from the north, caressing the live oaks and palmettos.’
    • ‘Tall palmettos and a multi-trunked crape myrtle make a leafy canopy overhead, helping to hide the patio from neighbors.’
    • ‘This community is dominated by the same oak species that occur in rosemary scrub, palmettos (Sabal etonia, Serenoa repens), lyonias (Lyonia lucida, L. ferruginea) and blueberry,.’
    • ‘They resemble palmettos or palms, with long graceful fronds emanating from the top of a squat to elongated trunk.’
    • ‘In the center of campus, wedged between the six outer buildings, was the Mason Courtyard, a large stone courtyard, filled with groves of magnolias and palmettos.’
    • ‘There is a scene drawn on the body of the amphora, of two wreaths of lotus blossoms and palmettos on the amphora's body.’
    • ‘Here in Florida, we are partial to our palmettos.’



/ˌpä(l)ˈmedō/ /ˌpɑ(l)ˈmɛdoʊ/


Mid 16th century from Spanish palmito, literally ‘small palm’, diminutive of palma, assimilated to Italian words ending in -etto.