Simple Definition of florid
: very fancy or too fancy
: having a red or reddish color
Full Definition of florid
1 a obsolete : covered with flowers b : very flowery in style : ornate <florid prose> <florid declamations>; also : having a florid style <a florid writer> c : elaborately decorated <a florid interior>
2 a : tinged with red : ruddy <a florid complexion> b : marked by emotional or sexual fervor <a florid secret life> <a florid sensibility>
3 archaic : healthy
4 : fully developed : manifesting a complete and typical clinical syndrome <the florid stage of a disease>
Examples of florid in a sentence
<a florid, gilded mirror that took up most of the wall>
<gave a florid speech in honor of the queen's visit>
Did You Know?
When it first entered English "florid" was used with the literal meaning "covered with flowers." That use, though now obsolete, hints at the word's history. English speakers borrowed "florid" from the Latin adjective floridus ("blooming" or "flowery"), itself from the verb "florēre" ("to bloom"). "Florēre," which in turn comes from a Latin root meaning "flower," is also an ancestor of the words "flourish" and "florescence" ("a state or period of flourishing"). These days, "florid" can refer to an overblown style in speech, writing, or decoration. As such, its synonyms include "ornate," "rococo," and "overwrought."
Origin of florid
Latin floridus blooming, flowery, from florēre
First Known Use: 1651
FLORID Defined for Kids
Definition of florid for Students
1 : very fancy or flowery in style <florid writing>
2 : having a reddish color <a florid face>
Medical Definition of florid
: fully developed : manifesting a complete and typical clinical syndrome <florid hyperplasia>
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