blossom

noun
blos·​som | \ ˈblä-səm \

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 \ 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

Betty ditched the sequins and went for a more classic look, opting for a gorgeous blue brocade dress featuring some pretty cherry blossoms. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Where You Can Buy All The Gorgeous Dresses From This Week's "Riverdale" Episode," 26 Oct. 2018 Stop along the way to buy an offering of fresh white lotus blossoms. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Adorned with tiny blossoms, it is served in a flowered saucer in a pool of 7UP poured tableside by server/farm tour guide/student of agriculture Linh Thao Pham: Korean cooking meets French-style service. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 An orb with sawtooth mouth clenches a snake, whose head disappears into a cut-out heart flecked with blossoms and flies. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 Among Craddock’s signature works at Saturday’s wedding was the massive green archway — bursting with white blossoms and green leaves — around the church entrance. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding Flowers Were Turned Into Bouquets for Hospice Patients," 20 May 2018 Shed executive chef Perry Hoffman (whose mother happened to be a florist) has added julienned rose petals into a beet dish, made an ice cream with plum blossoms, and macerated fresh berries with rose geranium-infused sugar (see recipe). Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Flower power: Bay Area chefs and farmers push petals into the mainstream," 19 Apr. 2018 One showed a riot of yellow daffodils, another a tree flushed with pink blossoms, another a family picnicking on green grass. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Once again, Detective April Hope goes in search of Chicago's spring," 17 Apr. 2018 The procession split in two and the two groups went in opposite directions around Alamo Plaza, pelting each other with blossoms for more than an hour before running out of ammunition. From Express-new Archives, San Antonio Express-News, "First Fiesta event was flower pelting parade delayed by rain," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The first season of the show told a full story arc while also sowing plot seeds to blossom at a later occasion (i.e. in season 2). Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2: Questions We Need to Be Answered After That Finale," 26 Oct. 2018 Any seeds you plant under this sky will be sure to blossom. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Gilpin pressed the Humboldtian idea that much of North America lay within an Isothermal Zodiac, a belt some thirty degrees wide running across the Northern Hemisphere, which contained climatic conditions ideal for human civilization to blossom. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Honestly, the relationship just blossomed over the years. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Justin Verlander reveals Kate Upton had the final say on his key 2017 trade," 27 Mar. 2018 Thankfully, just as Tokyo’s cherry blossom peak wanes, another one begins: experts predict that Washington D.C will see its full flower power on April 8. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Heavenly Photos of Tokyo in Full Cherry Blossom Bloom," 26 Mar. 2018 And this season Adawehi is brutally murdered just as her relationship with Claire begins to blossom. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "What Outlander Finally Gets Right About Rape This Season," 7 Jan. 2019 Since their introduction in the 1920s, their numbers have blossomed into a staggering 700 ungulates. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mountain Goats Are Being Airlifted Out of a National Park Because They Crave Human Pee," 28 Sep. 2018 Generally speaking, Lafite takes about 25 years to blossom in a strong vintage; the 1999, from a less powerful year, is just starting to develop secondary nuances, the herbal and savory notes that make mature Lafite so compelling. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "A New Era Begins at Château Lafite as Baron de Rothschild Hands Leadership Over to His Daughter," 13 Aug. 2018

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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 \

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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