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English definition of “lilac”

lilac

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈlaɪ.lək/ us  

lilac noun [C or U] (PLANT)

a bush or small tree with sweet-smelling purple or white flowers: The lilacs are in bloom.Flowers and flowering plantsFlowers - general wordsBushes and shrubs

lilac noun [C or U] (COLOUR)

a pale colour between pink and purpleLess common coloursCommon colours

lilac

adjective uk   /ˈlaɪ.lək/ us  
having a pale colour between pink and purpleLess common coloursCommon colours
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