verb flour·ish \ˈflər-ish, ˈflə-rish\

: to grow well : to be healthy

: to be very successful : to do very well

: to hold up and show (something) in an excited or proud way

Full Definition of FLOURISH

intransitive verb
:  to grow luxuriantly :  thrive
a :  to achieve success :  prosper <a flourishing business>
b :  to be in a state of activity or production <flourished around 1850>
c :  to reach a height of development or influence
:  to make bold and sweeping gestures
transitive verb
:  to wield with dramatic gestures :  brandish
flour·ish·er noun
flour·ish·ing·ly \-i-shiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of FLOURISH

  1. plants and animals that flourished here thousands of years ago
  2. Regional markets have flourished in recent years.
  3. a decorative style that flourished in the 1920s
  4. Dressed as a pirate, he entered the stage flourishing his sword.

Origin of FLOURISH

Middle English florisshen, from Anglo-French fluriss-, stem of flurir, florir, from Vulgar Latin *florire, alteration of Latin florēre, from flor-, flos flower
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to FLOURISH

Rhymes with FLOURISH



: something that is added as a detail or decoration

: a dramatic or fancy way of doing something

: a sudden smooth movement that is likely to be noticed

Full Definition of FLOURISH

:  an act or instance of brandishing or waving
a :  a florid bit of speech or writing <rhetorical flourishes>
b :  an ornamental stroke in writing or printing
c :  a decorative or finishing detail <a house with clever little flourishes>
:  fanfare
a :  a period of thriving
b :  a luxuriant growth or profusion <a flourish of white hair> <a springtime flourish of color>
:  showiness in the doing of something <opened the door with a flourish>
:  a sudden burst <a flourish of activity>

Examples of FLOURISH

  1. the floral flourishes in the living room
  2. a house with many clever little flourishes
  3. Her writing style is simple and clear, without unnecessary flourishes.
  4. Dinner was served with a flourish.
  5. He waved his sword with a flourish.
  6. She opened the door with a flourish.
  7. With a flourish of her pen, she signed the bill into law.

First Known Use of FLOURISH

circa 1552


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