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

Brewed specifically for International Women’s Day with a hop blend from the Pink Boots Society, a club of female brewers, this New England IPA carries smelling notes of orange blossom and peaches. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "These 15 Sacramento-area beers have the cleverest names of any released in 2018," 12 July 2018 Emily Yetter blossoms as the twin sister, Mittie, who delights in teasing boys with her charms. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: A haunting premiere of ‘Little Black Shadows’ at SCR," 19 Apr. 2018 Tulip tree blossoms crowned in pink the park that is at the center of the neighborhood. Elizabeth Dias, John Eligon And Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, "Philadelphia Starbucks Arrests, Outrageous to Some, Are Everyday Life for Others," 17 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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