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

Notes of apple blossom and white orchid enhance the fragrance with a hint of floralcy. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "The Perfect Candle for Washing-Machine-less Laundry Lovers," 29 June 2018 What better place to feel the love than among the acres of blossoms, rolling green lawns and ancient woodland that make up these royal gardens. Bonnie Mccarthy, latimes.com, "How will Meghan and Harry mash up California style and British (royal) tradition?," 17 May 2018 The first decoration Gina Potter took into her new office is a three-piece canvas painting of a plum blossom tree. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'We need to heal, then we need to build the future:' New San Ysidro superintendent feels hopeful," 15 May 2018 Grace Bol is perched on a rooftop in Tribeca beneath a cherry blossom tree in full flower wearing a raw denim dress that first appeared on the Colovos Fall runway. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Grace Bol on the Best Denim for Tall Girls," 15 May 2018 Separately, more than 1,200 branches of cherry blossoms will adorn the majestic Cross Hall. BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron at White House," 24 Apr. 2018 Springtime in Washington usually brings the blooming of cherry blossom trees and a White House visit from the Super Bowl champions. Ken Belson And Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "When — if Ever — Will the Super Bowl Champion Eagles Visit the White House?," 23 Apr. 2018 Separately, more than 1,200 branches of cherry blossoms grown in the United States will adorn the majestic Cross Hall. Darlene Suerville, chicagotribune.com, "First lady chooses lamb and opera for President Macron of France's state dinner," 23 Apr. 2018 The annual festival commemorates the planting of 72 cherry blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Things To Do This Week," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And Neymar blossomed in the final half-hour — when Austria's tight defense opened up — showing off his individual skills and crowning his performance with a fine finish that further cracked Austria's resistance. Eric Willemsen, chicagotribune.com, "Neymar shines as Brazil beats Austria 3-0 in final World Cup warmup," 10 June 2018 Upshaw blossomed into a star while playing for the Pride and head coach Joe Mihalich during the 2013-14 Season. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining the Zeke Upshaw Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against the NBA," 1 June 2018 Clinton’s sloppy info-sec story blossomed into a narrative that overwhelmed every other aspect of her campaign. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Doing Same Thing He Demanded Clinton Be Locked Up For," 22 May 2018 Cartelli of Longmeadow, Mass., blossomed under the guidance of coach Kelly Clarkson, who played big sister to the young singer. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'The Voice': Who won? Coach was biggest victor," 22 May 2018 Lett, who was 5-foot-8, 150 pounds in high school, blossomed as a football player from his junior to senior seasons. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Valley Christian community shaken by murder of popular football player," 18 May 2018 Co-op schools blossomed across the United States, including in Michigan, Oregon, Maryland and New Jersey. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "Parents fear proposed regulations could jeopardize co-op preschools in Virginia," 10 July 2018 Prior to his career in broadcasting, Schultz blossomed was a college football player. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Former MSNBC host Ed Schultz dies at 64," 5 July 2018 But the sixth overall pick by Philadelphia in 2013 never blossomed. Schuyler Dixon, Houston Chronicle, "AP sources: DeAndre Jordan commits again 3 years after jilting Mavericks," 1 July 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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