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

The white dish is rimmed in gold and holds figs and blossoms — but also a snake and pesky flies. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 Squash Blossom Vintage by Molly Salvi isn’t only about clothing or vintage (or squash blossoms, for that matter) but more generally an escapist mood. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Cult Instagram Account @SquashBlossomVintage Has Created the Ultimate Granola-Chic Jumpsuit," 3 July 2018 Many were on hands and knees concentrating on that perfect shot of chia sage blossoms or colorful monkey flowers. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "It's rattlesnake season in the county," 9 June 2018 The setting is delightful, an 1885 winery building surrounded by gingko trees and plum blossoms. Bruce Schoenfeld, WIRED, "Your Next Glass of Wine Might Be a Fake—and You'll Love It," 30 May 2018 Anchal blossoms The work from artisans in Louisville and India fill one large room in the Anchal headquarters. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "These one-of-a-kind textiles are empowering Louisville women," 13 July 2018 Stir in the orange blossom water, if using, and pour over the orange slices. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Speaking of the famous French monarch, Café Poupon and sister store Pâtisserie Poupon will pull out the recipe for a brioche pastry filled with orange blossom cream. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "Taste France in Baltimore with these Bastille Day specials and events," 9 July 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister’s lovely silky pleated pistachio green frock had delicate painterly pink blossoms. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "People Think Pippa Middleton's Dress Looks Eerily Like an Arizona Iced Tea Can," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 But those dates didn't blossom into relationships, either. Hannah Orenstein, chicagotribune.com, "How working as a matchmaker ruined my love life," 30 June 2018 Their friendship blossomed as young Bond Mill students and as Girl Scouts. Chris Folks, Laurel Leader, "Fifth graders move on in elementary school celebration [West Laurel]," 28 June 2018 Their working relationship soon developed into a deep friendship, which, eventually, blossomed into a romance. Rose Minutaglio, Country Living, "Maren Morris Explains How Post-Wedding Bliss Inspired Her New Album," 27 June 2018 Orange blossom oil is known to offer multiple health benefits including improved sleep, reduced anxiety and improved circulation. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange Blossom Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 27 June 2018 Meanwhile, Ayton would likely blossom into a star in San Antonio. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Suns should draft Deandre Ayton, but trade options interesting," 19 June 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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