bachelor's button

noun

: a European composite (Centaurea cyanus) having flower heads with usually blue, pink, or white rays that is often cultivated in North America

called also cornflower

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Beware, perennial bachelor's button also goes by names like mountain bluet, corn flower, and basket flower, but all are bad news. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2022 Flowers which air dry well include goldenrod, hydrangea, statice, strawflower, celosia, rosebuds, yarrow, globe amaranth, grass plumes, rudbeckia, bachelor's buttons, zinnias and sunflower, to name a few. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 4 Nov. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bachelor's button was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Bachelor's button.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bachelor%27s%20button. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

bachelor's button

noun
: a European plant related to the daisies and often grown for its showy blue, pink, or white flower heads

called also cornflower

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