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 blossom (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 By the early ninth century, the practice of cherry-blossom viewing had become so well established that the date of the peak bloom appeared in Japanese poems and other literary works. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "Biden’s Jobs Plan Is Also a Climate Plan. Will It Make a Difference?," 4 Apr. 2021 Petri dishes, each with a paper cherry blossom petal, are assembled on a circle of salt on the floor. BostonGlobe.com, "At Praise Shadows, Yuri Shimojo paintings give shape to lives lived and lost," 31 Mar. 2021 The agency said last week that blossom admirers would have access to the Tidal Basin until crowds swelled past an acceptable limit. Washington Post, "Warm weather propels cherry blossoms to peak bloom days ahead of schedule," 28 Mar. 2021 If staying overnight isn't an option, reserve the Cherry Blossom Decadence, where sweets whimsically presented in a miniature cherry blossom tree are paired with champagne. Katie Chang, Travel + Leisure, "D.C. Is Turning Pink: Here’s Where to Stay, Shop, and Eat During Cherry Blossom Season," 26 Mar. 2021 At some locations, full cherry blossom tree canopies extend above large expanses — for example, along rivers, lakes or roadways. Laura Manske, Forbes, "Spring Smiles: Wild And Wonderful Ways To Savor The New Season," 12 Mar. 2021 The gift of 3,000 cherry blossom was meant to further the diplomatic relationship between the United States and Japan. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, "The National Cherry Blossom Festival Is Offering Virtual Options for This Year's Celebration," 9 Mar. 2021 Public messaging around the 2021 cherry blossom season has, at times, been contradictory. Washington Post, "Cherry blossom access will be limited this year. Tidal Basin could close if crowds swell, Park Service says.," 23 Mar. 2021 Be tickled pink by flowering cherry blossom trees, which also produce white flowers — a sure sign of spring’s rebirth. Laura Manske, Forbes, "Spring Smiles: Wild And Wonderful Ways To Savor The New Season," 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Which star will reap the fruit of the team’s success and blossom it into hardware during trophy season? Dallas News, "Making the Heisman case for (and against) Texas Tech WR Erik Ezukanma," 2 Apr. 2021 He's got the explosive ability to consistently burn No. 2 corners and should only blossom while learning how to fine-tune his routes with help from the masterful Adams. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2021 NFL mock draft: How do 49ers' trade up to No. 3, free agency aftermath affect first round?," 27 Mar. 2021 The distillery takes its original, mature American single malt and fills French oak Pinot Noir barrels from Willamette Valley wineries like Bergstrom Wines and Suzor Wine for up to two years, allowing the flavors to mingle and blossom. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, "The 11 Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys to Drink Right Now," 23 Mar. 2021 Or for communication and language gaps to cause a team to move on from a Latino player, sometimes losing on that investment only to see that player move to a new team with a more comfortable atmosphere and then blossom. Anthony Witrado, Forbes, "MLB Should Promote More Spanish Learning To Help Latino Players Better Acclimate," 4 Mar. 2021 The material began to blossom and alter under pandemic limitations. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "Theater Is Closed, But That Hasn’t Stopped the Wooster Group," 3 Mar. 2021 The Warriors view Mulder as a budget acquisition who could blossom into a long-term piece for a franchise trying to return to title contention. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Mychal Mulder is making his case for a spot in Warriors' long-term plans," 15 Feb. 2021 Access to parking lots and paddle boats will be shut down when the trees begin to blossom, the Park Service said — a loose time frame that could begin as soon as this weekend. Washington Post, "Cherry blossom access will be limited this year. Tidal Basin could close if crowds swell, Park Service says.," 23 Mar. 2021 While staying at a psychiatric hospital, two manic-depressive poets begin a romance that continues to blossom after their release. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of blossom was before the 12th century

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8 Apr 2021

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“Blossom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blossom. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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