Word of the Week (WOW) – Jardinere

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Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practice with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.

Here is my WOW for this week:

jardiniere Word:  jardinière

Pronunciation:  jahr-dn-eer  [zhahr-dn-yair] [ʒɑːdɪˈnjɛə]

Part of Speech:

Noun

Meaning:

 1. a.  an ornamental stand for plants or flowers 

     b.  a large usually ceramic flowerpot holder

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2. a garnish of fresh vegetables, cooked, diced, and served around a dish of meat

[Click here for illustrations of jardinière of vegetables]

Synonyms: 

Plant pot, flower pot, plant holder, planter, pot

Antonyms:

None

Word Origin:  1835-45 < French, feminine of jardinièr gardener, equivalent to Old French jardin -garden + ier

Use in a sentence: 

1. On the low wall along the driveway to the Old Hall, stood a number of impressive jardinières.

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2. While we were at the garden centre, I bought an amusing watermelon jardinière.

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If you’d like to check out more interesting words then visit Heena’s page:

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21 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW) – Jardinere

    1. I agree, Rachel. The word does sound posh, and in the past jardinières were generally only found in big, posh houses and gardens. They were very popular in Victorian houses where they would display an aspidistra, often in a large hallway. Thank you for the nice comment! 🙂

    1. I’m glad you liked the word, Norma. I was worried it might be seen as too ordinary, but it seems to have worked quite well. Thank you for reading my post! 🙂

  1. I have never heard of such a word before. The jardinière in the first pic looked so cute and funny 😉 I’m sure you had a lot of fun finding pictures for this particular word 😉 Thank you Millie! ❤

    1. I did have fun finding these pics, Khloe. I really liked the first one, too. I’m glad you liked the word. It doesn’t seem to be as well known as I’d thought. 🙂

    1. Yes, it is a very French word, although I’ve been surprised at how many people hadn’t heard of it. I suppose it is a rather dated word now. But that suits me because I’m extremely dated myself! 🙂 Thank you for the lovely comment.

  2. I love this word. I remember it when living in HongKong in 1986 and later when taking French classes. I love how you express and explain it so well. Oh and I love that picture of a singing or screaming pot – so outrageous, :). Thank you Millie.

    1. Is there anywhere you haven’t lived, Joycelin? I’m always amazed when you mention somewhere else! Anyway, I like that pic too, although I can’t tell whether it’s a singing or screaming mouth, either. I’d love to find one like it. It would make a good talking point at a get together! 🙂

      1. I really fancy Russia and India, too. I’ve been to Kenya, Egypt and Tunisia in Africa, but it’s a heck of a big place. I would say no to a few other African countries, though.

      2. I have almost gone to South Africa and Kenya. Not sure when my next chance will come again. Egypt and Tunisia sounds interesting. I’ve done the Greek Islands and Malta. May be one day Millie.

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