blossom

noun
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

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 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

Prune hydrangeas to remove old flower clusters and reshape plants when the blossoms fade. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Wilson indicated wispy bald cypress trees, the drooping white blossoms of tea plants and a giant swath of ornamental grasses, which will turn red in the fall. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Arlington Cemetery to open new section with space-saving pre-dug graves," 4 June 2018 For local theater-goers, among the surest signs of spring in New Orleans is the annual arrival of the comic blossoms of the NOLA Project to the Sculpture Gardens of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "'Three Musketeers' is one for all and all for fun at NOMA Sculpture Garden," 12 May 2018 Visitors enjoying the blossoms of spring in the Bronx. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "In the Botanical Garden, Construction Workers Tiptoe Quietly," 6 May 2018 Like tourists flocking to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, the Pittsburgh Penguins making a trip to Washington in the playoffs has become a rite of spring. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Same series, different year: Penguins, Capitals meet again in playoffs," 25 Apr. 2018 With water, sunscreen, insect repellent and snacks tucked inside a backpack, hands-free climbers snap photos of monkeys taking five and hummingbirds sipping nectar from the wild blossoms. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018 This buzzy condiment is made of the sap that comes from coconut flower blossoms. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "What Is Coconut Aminos and How Do I Cook With It?," 1 Mar. 2018 The taste is close to water, only water as if just rained down and sipped from a blossom, with a delicate, attenuated sweetness: what a dryad might live on. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Belarussian Xata, Hearty Fare to Keep the Spirits Light," 22 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As their relationship has blossomed over their years, so have their careers—definitely no coincidence. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "The Unconventional Path That Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy Took to Wedded Bliss," 12 Mar. 2019 Israeli-Cypriot relations have blossomed in the last decade following gas discoveries in waters off both countries. Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Seattle Times, "Israel: ‘Much safer’ Mediterranean with Cyprus teamwork," 12 Feb. 2019 Eugenio Suarez is blossoming into a big run producer for the Reds, and St. Louis' Matt Carpenter can play both corner infield spots — even second base if needed. Mike Fitzpatrick, chicagotribune.com, "MLB All-Star Game predictions: Who will start on July 17?," 6 July 2018 Now, a beautiful relationship has blossomed between the two of them. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Jinger Duggar Says Brother John David's Smile Is 'Brighter' Now That He's Courting Abbie Burnett," 3 July 2018 Grant and Cobb's relationship blossomed over the next two years. Special To Al.com, AL.com, "Erin Cobb Photography goes from hobby to award winner," 25 Mar. 2018 What makes cherry blossom season so special is that the flowers on a single tree are normally only in bloom for a week or two. 2. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, "It's Officially Cherry Blossom Season in Washington D.C.," 13 Apr. 2015 Because the dresses are polyester, they can be crushed up small only to blossom into fairy-tale proportions. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Making of Tomo Koizumi’s NYFW Debut," 9 Feb. 2019 Every summer, a seasonal wind shift from the south bathes the Desert Southwest in monsoonal moisture, allowing afternoon boomers to blossom. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘One of the most incredible sights’: Monster dust storm sweeps across Southern Arizona," 10 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 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.

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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