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 Both food and drinks follow suit, with almost every dish and cocktail featuring some combination of leaves, herbs, seeds, berries, and blossoms. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Botanical Tipples and Dreamy Pastas at Il Fiorista," 22 Nov. 2019 The full moon in May is called the Flower Moon, because blossoms start to bloom in earnest, and the full moon in September or October is known as the Harvest Moon, because its bright light helped aid farmers gathering their crops. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "A Full Beaver Moon Is Happening Tonight—Here's How to See It," 11 Nov. 2019 Scarlet blossoms burst from the hundreds of stem glasses that lined the wooden tables and countless candles cast a flickering light. Vogue, "Everyone Wore McQueen to the New Museum’s Annual NextGen Dinner," 8 Nov. 2019 Fresh mozz is the cozy blanket beneath which love blossoms. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Tee’ing up tastes for National Sandwich Day in Orlando," 31 Oct. 2019 This fresh floral gets a juicy, peppery quality from the plum blossom. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Floral Perfumes to Spritz This Fall," 7 Oct. 2019 Outside, tables are set with Dior homewares, a make-your-own flower bouquet booth (peonies! dahlias! cherry blossoms!), next to an elaborate set-up for a portrait photo shoot. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Competitive Sport of Haute Couture," 3 Oct. 2019 Teams with openings seeking offensive innovation locked into the NFC, and more specifically the Rams, with a coaching tree beneath 33-year-old Sean McVay already in blossom. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "NFC preview: Will new coaching staff propel Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay back to title chase?," 5 Sep. 2019 Though a full day’s schedule of aerobic and meditative exercises is available, peace seekers with an eye for the rich diversity of butterflies fluttering among the gargantuan pink lotus blossoms can enjoy their experience without any exertion. 18. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Spas in the U.S. & Around the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brian Snyder, Arizona Republic Some players take longer to blossom than others. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Khaylan Kearse-Thomas living up to expectations and bolstering ASU defense," 26 Nov. 2019 Here's Steele and Marshall on Xavier's win CHARLESTON, S.C. – A burgeoning rivalry began to blossom Friday night in a game the Xavier Musketeers will likely never forget. Adam Baum,, "Instant classic: No. 18 Xavier survives a double overtime thriller with UConn," 23 Nov. 2019 The writers allowed Phil and Keely's friendship to truly blossom before including hints that something more could be at play. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Phil of the Future's Raviv Ullman Talks Pheely, Reunions, and That Cliffhanger Finale," 12 Nov. 2019 The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has actually been instructive in this regard: traditional economic theory would suggest — and the Trump White House predicted — that slashing the corporate tax would cause employee pay to blossom. Washington Post, "Here’s how Warren’s plan would make it nearly impossible for U.S. businesses to stash profits overseas," 5 Nov. 2019 Another manager took charge of a club and went about making wholesale changes to the style and personnel, Graham Potter is starting to blossom as a coach and show his managerial credentials at Brighton., "Ranking All the Premier League's English Managers by Suitability for a 'Big Six' Job," 3 Nov. 2019 After so many years of dictatorship, from Chiang Kai-shek to Mao’s, right up to the repressive regime of today, there isn’t this atmosphere or soil for people like them to blossom. Suyin Haynes, Time, "The Forgotten Women Who Shaped China in the 20th Century," 29 Oct. 2019 Eric Berry’s torn Achilles allowed Murray a chance to blossom. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Fate will match Browns cornerback Eric Murray, Patriots QB Tom Brady against each other again Sunday," 25 Oct. 2019 But because his injury forced the staff to recalibrate its attack, MSU found the space and freedom for Winston to blossom into becoming the best point guard in college basketball. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Does Joshua Langford's injury change Michigan State's NCAA title hopes? Let's examine," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

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“Blossom.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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