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

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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 This year’s Olympic Games bouquet consists of eustoma, sunflower, gentian, narcolan and haran blossoms. Raisa Bruner, Time, "There’s a Special Meaning Behind the Flowers Medallists Will Get at the 2020 Olympics," 7 Feb. 2020 The maker then cut the sheet, applied it to the clock form, and created collages of metal for the basic parts of butterflies and dogwood blossoms, augmented by engraving, or just planes of abstract, mottled forms. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Winter Show’s Many Small Treasures," 28 Jan. 2020 That friendship grows and maybe blossoms into something else, but Chauncley’s obviously not very good at that. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Miracle Workers: Dark Ages star Daniel Radcliffe discusses his most difficult costars ever," 28 Jan. 2020 To welcome spring into the home, Bùi said families also place peach blossoms, chrysanthemums and ochna integerrima in the home. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Lunar New Year 2020: What are the traditions, and which Asian cultures celebrate it?," 26 Jan. 2020 This year's holiday overlay contains three scents: cherry blossom (Asia), cinnamon (South America) and coconut (South Seas). Scott Craven, azcentral, "Visiting Disneyland for Christmas? Avoid making these 10 common mistakes," 20 Nov. 2019 Some are involved: halibut cheek with ginger mint and savory blossoms, served on a nasturtium leaf. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "I’d Never Even Heard of Bite House, Now I’ll Never Forget It," 7 Nov. 2019 An ecosystem blossoms from the whale's flesh and bones. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "Living whales are worth an enormous amount of money," 4 Nov. 2019 But these creamy blossoms, fruits and vegetables find their memory of past glories in art rather than in epic events of classical history or myth. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A Getty show rummages around in Edouard Manet’s private shadows," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As African technology ecosystems have blossomed over the past decade, increased interest from investors has seen them snag millions of dollars in funding. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Everyone agrees African startup funding is soaring but no one can agree by how much," 30 Jan. 2020 If the connections to the brain could blossom again, and the hair cells were fine, hearing could return to baseline. Popular Science, "Hidden hearing loss is hitting people of all ages. Neuroscientists are still debating why.," 21 Jan. 2020 When author Cassie’s first novel isn’t selling, she is paired on a book tour with author Elliot to boost her sales - but along the way, a romance starts to blossom. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Furthermore, Madrigal's 26-game absence recovering from a broken wrist gave sophomore Andy Armstrong a chance to blossom into an everyday player too valuable to leave out of the lineup. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon State baseball feasting at the plate, fully healthy midway through Pac-12 play," 24 Apr. 2018 There’s also a shea body cream that comes in the new Japanese cherry blossom scent that smells like a blend of pears, mimosa petals, white jasmine, and blushing sandalwood. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Bath & Body Works Just Launched New Valentine's Day Candles and Self Care Products," 22 Jan. 2020 What happened in 2019 Paye and Hutchinson, who had backed up Gary and Winovich in 2018, blossomed into dependable players who were on the field nearly every down. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defensive line has Hutchinson and Paye, but need much more," 20 Jan. 2020 While Lawrence was an immediate star, Fields didn't blossom until transferring after his freshman season. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Early leaders for 2020 Heisman Trophy race include Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields," 18 Jan. 2020 The itching was unbearable and the fear of infection started blossoming in my mind quicker than the rash itself. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "If Your Tattoo Breaks Out in a Rash, You Might Be Having an Allergic Reaction," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Blossom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blossom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flower especially of a fruit tree



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

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


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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