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:
Pronunciation: jahr-dn-eer [zhahr-dn-yair] [ʒɑːdɪˈnjɛə]
Part of Speech:
1. a. an ornamental stand for plants or flowers
b. a large usually ceramic flowerpot holder
2. a garnish of fresh vegetables, cooked, diced, and served around a dish of meat
[Click here for illustrations of jardinière of vegetables]
Plant pot, flower pot, plant holder, planter, pot
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.
2. While we were at the garden centre, I bought an amusing watermelon jardinière.
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21 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW) – Jardinere”
Thanks for liking this word, Elsa. 🙂 Hope all is well over there in Queensland. 🙂
What an interesting word. Never heard of it. Great to learn something new. It sounds quite posh!
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! 🙂
Your first photo perfectly explains the word. Interesting word and meaning.
The first picture made me hoot when I found it. I knew it would fit the word so well. Thanks, Scrapydo! 🙂
Those ceramic flower pots have made the word ‘jardiniere’ crystal clear. It’s a good word. Thanks for sharing, Millie. 🙂
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! 🙂
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! ❤
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. 🙂
Yes, very unknown actually 😉 Glad you had fun finding the pictures 😉
Easy to guess if you know a little French:) The first jardiniere you showed is humorous, and the watermelony one is cute!
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.
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.
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! 🙂
I haven’t been to Africa, India and Russia. Would love to go…
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.
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.
A really unique word! I’m gonna use it somewhere in my posts for sure 🙂
It’s quite a pretty word, and so very French. I like it, too. Thank you, Heena. 🙂
You’re welcome… and yea, it’s really very French 🙂