follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

mahogany

[muh-hog-uh-nee] /məˈhɒg ə ni/
noun, plural mahoganies.
1.
any of several tropical American trees of the genus Swietenia, especially S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, yielding hard, reddish-brown wood used for making furniture.
2.
the wood itself.
3.
any of various similar trees or their wood.
4.
a reddish-brown color.
adjective
5.
pertaining to or made of mahogany.
6.
of the color mahogany.
Origin of mahogany
1665-1675
1665-75; perhaps < some non-Carib language of the West Indies
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for mahogany
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for mahogany

mahogany

/məˈhɒɡənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
any of various tropical American trees of the meliaceous genus Swietenia, esp S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, valued for their hard reddish-brown wood
2.
any of several trees with similar wood, such as African mahogany (genus Khaya) and Philippine mahogany (genus Shorea)
3.
  1. the wood of any of these trees See also acajou (sense 2)
  2. (as modifier): a mahogany table
4.
  1. a reddish-brown colour
  2. (as modifier): mahogany skin
Word Origin
C17: origin obscure
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for mahogany
n.

1670s, from Spanish mahogani, of unknown origin; perhaps from the tree's native name in Maya (Honduras). As an adjective from 1730.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for mahogany

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for mahogany

0
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for mahogany