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

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 According to FTD by Design, these pink blossoms are the emblem of Venus, the goddess of love. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Luck was against us the year before last, when April temps dipped to 15 and 16 degrees on successive mornings, killing most of the open apple and pear blossoms. Jonathan Kolatch, WSJ, "Keeping Dad Alive From 7,000 Miles Away," 23 Dec. 2018 Through Your Eyes | #OurPhilly Just wait until all of those cherry blossoms turn into pink confetti, @melise.romero! Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Toxins found in sick Philly schools, Garces files for bankruptcy | Morning Newsletter," 3 May 2018 According to Gaffney, these rare blossoms symbolize love, beauty, luxury and strength. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 The flower tower also includes a rose preserved in 24-carat gold, rare roses imported from Ecuador, roses in the shape of hearts, and to top it all off, each individual blossom is showered with sparkling diamond dust. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This May Be the World's Most Expensive—And Extravagant—Flower Bouquet," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 With a golden age of players ready to blossom, the nation expects. SI.com, "'It's Good for Us': Eden Hazard Eyes World Cup Glory Following Portugal, Spain & Argentina Exits," 2 July 2018 The Talking Heads were already in, according to some reviews, their African period -- which is kind of a slur on Africa – and that whole enchantment with African music was just beginning to blossom. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Jon Hassell at 81: Visionary Composer-Trumpeter Reflects on a Half Century of Music on His Own Terms," 28 June 2018 Most brands today grapple to contain crises that start with a small batch of critics and blossom on social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Zion Williamson’s Ripped Sneaker Puts Nike in a Bad Spot," 21 Feb. 2019 For Amy Morris and Anna Polonsky, a decade-long friendship blossomed over dessert. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "This Woman-Run Studio Designs Gorgeous Restaurants You’ll Want to Call Home," 13 Feb. 2019 The trailer for the film is very brash, showing Elizabeth and Ted's relationship blossom on the backdrop of his brutal kidnappings and murders. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About Zac Efron's New Ted Bundy Movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"," 29 Jan. 2019 There’s something so pure and exciting about seeing a celebrity couple blossom, even if from afar. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's Best Moments of 2018," 27 Dec. 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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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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