from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various woody climbing plants of the genus Stephanotis, especially S. floribunda of Madagascar, cultivated for its showy fragrant white flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Stephanotis of climbing asclepiadaceous shrubs with large white waxy flowers in cymes.
  • n. A perfume said to be prepared from the flowers of Stephanotis floribunda.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of climbing asclepiadaceous shrubs, of Madagascar, Malaya, etc. They have fleshy or coriaceous opposite leaves, and large white waxy flowers in cymes.
  • n. A perfume said to be prepared from the flowers of Stephanotis floribunda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of asclepiadaceous plants, of the tribe Marsdenieæ, distinguished from Marsdenia by its large white salver-shaped or funnelform corolla.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various evergreen climbing shrubs of the genus Stephanotis having fragrant waxy flowers


Greek stephanōtis, deserving a crown, from stephanos, crown, wreath, from stephein, to crown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name. (Wiktionary)


  • It's tradition for bridal bouquets to contain white or cream-colored flowers such as stephanotis, roses, orchids, or lilies.

    Floral 411 For The Big Day | Tulsa World

  • Armed with that little bit of knowledge which is indeed a dangerous thing, I was scornful of stephanotis, a perfectly nice kind of jasmine that smells lovely, blooms in every season (albeit in the tropics), and holds up well under the rigors of an actual, non-imaginary wedding.

    Jane S. Smith: Daisies, Weddings, and Making the Ideal Real

  • Not that I knew anything at all beyond the fact that stephanotis, whatever it was, was always in the bride's bouquet.

    Jane S. Smith: Daisies, Weddings, and Making the Ideal Real

  • These are the scents composed from lily-of-the-valley, white lily, stephanotis, narcissus and other flowers which are technically white florals and carry the same indolic compounds in their blossoms, but they are not warm and sultry - they are cool, even cold sometimes, and they are often made from flowers that give off their scent at night.

    White Floral Queen Part Eight: Best Of The Rest and Also-Rans

  • I get just a whisper of oakmoss and I would not be surprised to learn that it has stephanotis too, though it is not in the least a soapy scent.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • Another hands-free option is to wear flowers in your hair: a halo of stephanotis or a splash of gardenias or cattleya orchids on your best side.

    Weddings Valentine Style

  • A fairy-tale wedding gown festooned with tulle, ribbons, and exquisite beading wants a simple, low-key bouquet, such as a pavé of French tulips or a tight ball of stephanotis.

    Weddings Valentine Style

  • He had passed a tiring afternoon, and was glad of the slight smell of stephanotis provided by Annette.

    The Silver Spoon

  • Obliged by Annette to have one — a Rollhard with pearl-grey cushions, electric light, little mirrors, trays for the ashes of cigarettes, flower vases — all smelling of petrol and stephanotis — he regarded it much as he used to regard his brother-inlaw, Montague Dartie.

    To Let

  • Not the rose, or the violet, or the hyacinth, or any of the lilies or stephanotis or boronia.

    My Tropic Isle


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