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

Though cherry blossoms are technically a spring flower, there’s no question that these shades can be worn all year round. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Announces New KKW Beauty Cherry Blossom Makeup Collection," 10 Sep. 2018 Female flowers have well-developed, three-lobed pistils; male blossoms are larger and longer than female flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 Redolent and hardy, orange blossoms have been a popular ingredient in fragrance water since antiquity. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "Why Fragrance Water Is the Perfume World’s New Obsession," 11 Aug. 2018 Question for Dan Gill: Some of my tomato blossoms are being cut off by some insect. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Are your tomato plant's flowers dropping? Here's why.," 26 May 2018 Jacarandas, with their beautiful blossoms in a distinctive purple color, were an easy sell, and in the 1920s and ’30s they were planted extensively in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The History of Those Beautiful Jacaranda Trees in Bloom Around L.A.," 15 May 2018 After days of fighting, bodies so caked the mountain that no plant could ever grow here, except the poisonous rhododendron, its previously white blossom now blooming blood red. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 Over the course of the morning, his suffering blossoms like a rapidly decaying wound. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "'Foxtrot' is a powerful anti-war film from Israel (review)," 27 Apr. 2018 Star magnolia blossoms are unusual, with narrow petals and a bit floppy, in a charming way. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: The first star magnolia to bloom in spring," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Slices of white chocolate cherry blossom cake and mint macarons are available from Burrow patisserie in Dumbo. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Hesperios Founder Autumn Hruby Just Opened a Cafe in Her Dreamy Manhattan Shop," 21 May 2018 Once his son's interest in competitive shooting blossomed, that changed. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "For Hobart teen, competition shooting is serious business," 30 Mar. 2018 Most cherry blossom species have exactly five petals on each flower. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, "It's Officially Cherry Blossom Season in Washington D.C.," 13 Apr. 2015 Paleontologists Thomas Rich and Patricia Vickers-Rich Thomas Rich and Patricia Vickers-Rich’s love blossomed over bird carcasses. Katie Worth, Scientific American, "When Scientists Are Mad about Each Other," 14 Feb. 2014 Where sales of cruisers and superbikes continue to decline, pockets of Scrambler-style motorcycles and flat-track dirt bike culture are blossoming. Fortune, "Is the Bigger, Beefier Ducati Scrambler 1100 the One for You?," 27 June 2018 At 6-9, 309 pounds, Miller is built like Nate Solder, who's now a Giant, and could similarly blossom under the watch of O-line guru Dante Scarnecchia. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft: Mystery still remains throughout 2018 first round," 25 Apr. 2018 As Newgarden has found success in IndyCar, first blossoming under the tutelage of Sarah Fisher and Ed Carpenter, then charging to four 2017 wins and nine podium finishes with Team Penske, Daly has found himself without a full-time ride. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Josef Newgarden warming up to being face of IndyCar's new generation," 11 Mar. 2018 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

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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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