—n. 1. any scaly-bulbed plant of the genus Lilium, having showy, funnel-shaped or bell-shaped flowers. Cf. lily family. 2. the flower or the bulb of such a plant.
3. any of various related or similar plants or their flowers, as the mariposa lily or the calla lily.
4. fleur-de-lis, esp. as the symbol of France.
5. Bowling.a split in which the five, seven, and ten pins remain standing.
6. gild the lily. See gild1 (def. 4).
—adj. 1. white as a lily: her lily hands. 2. delicately fair: a lily maiden. 3. pure; unsullied: the lily truth. 4. pale; fragile; weak.
Pronunciation: (lil'e),[key] —n. a female given name. Also,Lil'ly.