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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some gardeners apply a blossom setting spray available from garden centers during unfavorable weather to obtain fruit with success. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "When and how to fertilize pear trees," 27 Feb. 2021 The best parts are listening to Day as her Holiday sings onstage — perfectly put together with a red lip and a big blossom over her right ear — and watches the men in her life sit at lounge tables and determine her fate. Mark Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Movie review: Andra Day excels in overstuffed ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’," 26 Feb. 2021 The best parts are listening to Day as her Holiday sings onstage — perfectly put together with a red lip and a big blossom over her right ear — and watches the men in her life sit at lounge tables and determine her fate. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Review: Andra Day shines in overstuffed Billie Holiday bio," 23 Feb. 2021 The Blue Jays having the hard-throwing 24-year-old blossom in 2021 would do wonders for their postseason prospects. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's 100 Names You Need To Know For 2021," 22 Feb. 2021 And Japanese decorative arts, which captured fleeting moments (a leaping carp, a blossom carried on the wind) in ceramic or enamel inspired a new sort of freedom. New York Times, "How Japonisme Forever Changed the Course of Western Design," 11 Feb. 2021 From the end of 2019, then-premier Abe faced stiff questioning in parliament from opposition members over the blossom parties. Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg.com, "Former Japan PM Abe Avoids Charges Over Cherry Blossom Parties," 24 Dec. 2020 The public submitted more than 3,000 design proposals, and the commission chose one that has a magnolia blossom encircled by white stars representing Mississippi as the 20th state, plus a single gold star representing Native Americans. Emily Wagster Pettus, Star Tribune, "Mississippi governor signs law for flag without rebel emblem," 12 Jan. 2021 Pieper James, a 23-year-old graduate student from Happy Valley, also received a blossom during the first rose ceremony. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2021: How to watch Episode 2, Season 25 online without cable," 11 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gifts are like seeds; they must be planted in the right environment for them to blossom. Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, "The Next Generation Leader: Lessons From Amanda Gorman," 24 Feb. 2021 One area where relations could blossom is weapon sales. Nayan Chanda, Quartz India, "Biden’s pre-election comments may not be the most reliable indicators of his policies for India," 21 Dec. 2020 Both of those qualities blossom as the squash is roasted under very high heat. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 11 Dec. 2020 All are united by the architect’s larger ideals, both ecological and social: the belief that a fabulous life in the city can be low-impact; that individual freedom can blossom within a collective. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "In Berlin, Mysterious Dwellings Hidden Amid the Trees," 10 Nov. 2020 The exhibit was slated to open next year, but Lord and her colleagues were suddenly reading reports of a virus that had surfaced in China and that was beginning to blossom around the globe: on a cruise ship in Yokohama, at ski resorts in France. Andrew Dickson, The New Yorker, "How Will We Tell the Story of the Coronavirus?," 9 Dec. 2020 Even if not, the announcement itself reminds us that the date is coming, that the green shoot will blossom. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Chicago Marathon news a reminder that, in the long run, we’re going to make it through this," 20 Nov. 2020 And most importantly, that offensive firepower has helped the team rise to third place in the AFC and blossom into an outside contender in the conference. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 10 roundtable: Which offseason moves now look wisest of all?," 15 Nov. 2020 Just as his career was starting to blossom on Wizards of Odds, Alex married business woman Elaine Trebek Kares. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Look at 'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek's Incredible TV Career and Legacy," 8 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of blossom was before the 12th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Blossom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blossom. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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