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 blossoms tend to endure longest when the weather is sunny and calm. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom after six weeks of wild weather (Photos)," 5 Apr. 2018 The novel features a large cast of characters and ambitious set pieces: a catastrophic flood, a dance recital, a cherry-blossom-viewing expedition, improvisational haiku writing and excruciating family interviews with potential husbands. Francine Prose, WSJ, "Five Best: Francine Prose on Family Troubles," 12 July 2018 As her Shiba Inu napped on the couch, Diaz sweetened the fresh coconut milk and amplified it with a little orange-blossom water. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "A Delicately Sweet and Floral Coconut Pudding for the Summer," 20 June 2018 In the vegetable store, artichokes, fava beans, radicchio, tomatoes, carrots, leeks and squash blossoms are so artfully arranged as to shame any Whole Foods market. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Resort’s Tuscany cooking class has all the right ingredients," 2 July 2018 Leaves are covered with soft white hairs, and blossoms are white, hence its common name, whitetop. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018 Elderflower blossoms are reportedly difficult to come by in the U.S., so those who wish to celebrate in America and eat like the royals can substitute the flower for a liqueur, such as St. Germaine. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's royal wedding cake serves up a slice of originality," 18 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the program has grown over the years, Ridley has blossomed – first into a five-star recruit at Monarch, then into a top-notch college football wideout and finally into a first-round pick for the Atlanta Falcons. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Calvin Ridley holds charity bowling event to raise funds for program that helped him in his youth," 13 July 2018 The 25-year-old has since blossomed into one of the most efficient full backs on the continent and has been attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs around. SI.com, "Chelsea & Liverpool Handed Transfer Boost as Porto Reject Offers from Bayern & Juve for Alex Telles," 10 July 2018 And the obsessive hatred of Obama that grew out of Trump’s humiliation at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner has blossomed into a perverse and often self-destructive mania. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 By rights, Brazilian exports Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves should have blossomed into one of IndyCar’s all-time rivalries. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IndyCar is just too dangerous for nasty rivalries," 7 July 2018 One year later, that seed of an idea has blossomed into a formal partnership between Army Cyber and the Defense Digital Service, a sort of tech startup inside the Department of Defense. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "The Pentagon Is Building a Dream Team of Tech-Savvy Soldiers," 2 July 2018 China’s movie industry has blossomed in recent years, as economic growth and a rising middle class have put more people in theater seats. Tiffany May, New York Times, "China’s Biggest Movie Stars Get a Pay Cut (From the Government)," 29 June 2018 Since launching in 2017, HQ Trivia—and Rogowsky himself—have blossomed into phenomenon, reaching millions of players who tune in twice a day to answer the game’s 12 questions (which range from easy to obscure) in an attempt win money. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 28 June 2018 Since catching attention with her Instagram covers, Mai has blossomed into one of R&B's most promising newcomers. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Ella Mai on 'Boo'd Up' Going Platinum and Her Chemistry With Mustard: 'He Never Makes Me Feel Pressured'," 25 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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