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


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

Other Words from blossom


blossomy \ ˈblä-​sə-​mē How to pronounce blossom (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the middle of the Truly LA garden, shaded by a cherry blossom tree, Dua Lipa is starting her promotional photo shoot. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 America’s signature cherry blossom display was born in 1912, when Japan gave 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C., to be planted along the Potomac River. Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Another new item will be the Cloudberry Sunjoy, a combination of cloudberry and cherry blossom flavors added to a Sunjoy base – a mix of lemonade and sweet ice tea. Leada Gore |, al, 25 Apr. 2022 More than 2,500 blossom buffs attended the event at Spreckels Park on Orange Avenue, waiting in lines that wrapped around the block. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 To celebrate this spring ritual, the Panorama Room, the lounge located on the 18th floor of the Graduate Hotel, is featuring cherry blossom themed cocktails. William Li, Town & Country, 22 Apr. 2022 Intoxicating nose of honeysuckle and citrus blossom with juicy peach flavors and vibrant acidity evident on the palate. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Watching your relationship blossom with Lady Camden was really lovely. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 22 Apr. 2022 The two Yoshino cherry blossom groves at Fort McHenry are likely to hit peak bloom over the weekend, said Jimmy Hogan, horticulturalist for the National Park Service. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 25 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As for Jeremiah, their feelings for each other begin to blossom this summer, sneaking up on them both. Seventeen, 11 May 2022 Hope and optimism often blossom in the experts toiling in the gloomy fields of global warming,COVID-19 and Alzheimer's disease. Seth Borenstein, ajc, 8 May 2022 Tuttle was sure that if the tracks stretched to her sleepy outpost, a city would blossom. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2021 Precious few minor league players arrive as third- or fourth-line pluggers and then blossom into elite shooters, playmakers and, above all, producers. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 15 Nov. 2021 However Davis will likely need to keep the weight down to blossom into a star who doesn't have to regularly come off the field, particularly on passing downs. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 This was before his biggest dreams began to blossom, and before his career fell apart. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The romance between Amleth and Olga also has time to blossom during all this, complete with a post-coital respite in the woods right out of John Boorman’s Excalibur. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2022 Learn about spring wildflowers from bud to blossom over several weeks. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blossom


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


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

History and Etymology for blossom


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

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“Blossom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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.


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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