blossom

noun
blos·​som | \ ˈblä-səm How to pronounce blossom (audio) \

Definition of blossom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the flower of a seed plant apple blossoms also : the mass of such flowers on a single plant
b : the state of bearing flowers
2 : a peak period or stage of development

blossom

verb
blossomed; blossoming; blossoms

Definition of blossom (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : bloom
2a : to come into one's own : develop a blossoming talent
b : to become evident
c : to make an appearance

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Other Words from blossom

Noun

blossomy \ ˈblä-​sə-​mē How to pronounce blossomy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of blossom in a Sentence

Noun

Her hair smelled of apple blossoms. in the full blossom of her career as a writer

Verb

Their friendship blossomed into romance. the fruit tree seemed to blossom overnight once the warm spring weather arrived
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s live music, drawings, bouquets of blossoms to dazzle your dining room table. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "It’s not over yet! 19 things to do in summer 2019," 5 July 2019 Helen Taft, the first lady, believed the cherry blossoms were the answer. National Geographic, "How cherry blossoms came to the United States," 29 Mar. 2019 Like a thunderstorm, a mushroom cloud blossoms over the volcano, where ash is catapulted into the sky with explosive force. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "This North Pacific volcano just erupted after nearly a century of silence. Astronauts captured the breathtaking scene.," 27 June 2019 The rains’ subsequent movement is tracked on a daily basis by national television stations, rather like the advance of the spring cherry blossom in Japan but with far greater human consequence. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 This time of year, Troy collects linden blossoms and bracts to make a calming floral tea-like tissane. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, "Tips on harvesting herbs for good food and your good health," 27 June 2019 Spring flowers have faded, and late-summer blossoms are just beginning to develop. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Minutes from downtown, a garden wonderland — and you can see it in July," 20 June 2019 With the purchase of the painting, the Meuse Gallery would also donate more than $50,000 worth of other art pieces to the county, including a cherry blossom painting, two original sketches of Ali, and nine metal signed prints of Ali. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Painting of 18-year-old Muhammad Ali could end up at Valley Medical Center — for $125,000 or so," 8 June 2019 Two Japanese pastimes—hanami, or flower viewing, and koyo, or colorful leaf viewing—bring the countryside to life with pink blossoms around April and fiery foliage in late September and early October. Ari Beser, National Geographic, "5 unforgettable train trips through Japan," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As Christopher cemented his legend in short track racing, Rocco blossomed into one of the sport’s toughest drivers himself. Shawn Courchesne, courant.com, "Rocco honors Christopher with Modified Shootout win at Stafford," 13 July 2019 In 1905, the middle class blossomed in Los Angeles thanks to the building of an aqueduct connecting developments to the Colorado River, and these new homeowners started planting palm trees too. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "How palm frond print went from the French Riviera to Target," 12 July 2019 The romance blossomed after the death of Frankel’s on-off boyfriend Dennis Shields. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Bethenny Frankel Spends Fourth of July in Nantucket with Boyfriend Paul Bernon and Daughter Bryn," 5 July 2019 At age 25, Cauley-Stein could blossom into a key rotation player just by playing hard and listening to his coaches. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why Willie Cauley-Stein was a high-value pickup for the Warriors," 3 July 2019 This initiative blossomed into the space-tech start-up BeeHex, which successfully built the printer. Chelsea Gohd, Scientific American, "The Space Station May Soon Smell like Fresh-Baked Cookies," 2 July 2019 During my tenure, New Orleans blossomed into one of the best sports towns in America. Jeff Duncan, nola.com, "My front row seat to the Golden Age of New Orleans sports," 28 June 2019 From those humble beginnings, Downin blossomed into one of the most dangerous pitchers in Maryland. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "2019 All-Metro softball Player of the Year: Haley Downin, Chesapeake-AA," 18 June 2019 His passion for cars blossomed there when his father would bring him on his rounds across the plantation in his Morris 8 sedan. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "An Auto Tinkerer Built a DIY Empire," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of blossom

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blossom

Noun

Middle English blosme, from Old English blōstm; akin to Old English blōwan

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More Definitions for blossom

blossom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blossom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flower especially of a fruit tree

blossom

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blossom (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce flowers
: to change, grow, and develop fully

blossom

noun
blos·​som | \ ˈblä-səm How to pronounce blossom (audio) \

Kids Definition of blossom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : flower entry 1 sense 1 cherry blossoms
2 : bloom entry 1 sense 2 The tree is in full blossom.

blossom

verb
blossomed; blossoming

Kids Definition of blossom (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : to appear, change, grow, or develop The town blossomed into a city.

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