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 Cherry blossom season peaked this month with a driver ramming into U.S. Capitol police officers at a barricade, killing one officer and injuring another. Washington Post, "Did the pandemic stop America’s violent streak? Not when it comes to homicides.," 19 Apr. 2021 Cherry blossom season is on at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge — but not for long. Los Angeles Times, "Pop-up digital forest in DTLA? Yes, please," 8 Apr. 2021 And just in time for cherry blossom season: two seasonal treatments (Cherry Blossom Body Polish and Head to Toe Hydration) are being offered for 20% off through the end of this month. Katie Chang, Forbes, "Why You Should Consider This Virginia Edge City For Your Next Getaway," 6 Apr. 2021 In fact, this year Kyoto saw the earliest cherry blossom season in 1,209 years, according to data collected by Osaka University. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cherry blossom season in Japan had its earliest peak in 1,200 years – and experts blame climate change," 5 Apr. 2021 Officials in the nation’s capital are watching the crowds as cherry blossom season begins in earnest. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Cherry blossom crowds, roller coaster return, farmworker fears: News from around our 50 states," 2 Apr. 2021 The previous record was set in 1409, when the cherry blossom season reached its peak on March 27. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "Japan's cherry blossoms hit earliest peak in 1,200 years due to warming temperatures," 31 Mar. 2021 Cherry blossom season is usually greeted by crowds of locals and tourists taking part in Hanami, or flower viewing, a tradition dating back more than 1,000 years in Japan. NBC News, "Japan's cherry blossoms see earliest bloom in 1,200 years as climate warms," 31 Mar. 2021 This is an element that can limit blossom end rot in tomatoes, and it’s also a major player in the sweetness of fruit. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Wild Game and Fish Parts That Will Fertilize Your Garden," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brandon Jones, a 2020 third-round pick who contributed 59 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble, should continue to blossom in his second season, and could potentially replace McCain or Rowe. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Dolphins’ NFL draft options: Safeties," 20 Apr. 2021 But Kai is more than just a workplace for Lewis; the restaurant offered a place for his career to blossom, and he's been part of the team that's brought Kai internationalacclaim for its work celebrating Native American culture and cuisine. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "This Arizona sommelier is battling cancer. Here's how the community stepped up to help," 30 Mar. 2021 Another postseason series between the teams would further fuel a budding rivalry that should continue to blossom throughout the decade. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "NL West preview: Dodgers and Padres not only are best in the West, but best in MLB," 26 Mar. 2021 In this way, the industry and leading workplaces in aging services can overcome the trials of this year and continue to blossom as businesses. Fortune, "How one of the best elder care companies has found opportunity in the COVID crisis," 10 Dec. 2020 All else being equal, happiness tends to blossom when growth is strong, inflation and interest rates are low, and jobs are plentiful. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Climate and Central Banks: Regulators Doing What They Shouldn’t," 17 Apr. 2021 Guard Adam Flagler, the transfer from Presbyterian, turned the dagger 3-pointer into an art form in the tournament and could blossom with extended minutes. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "A drop-off may be inevitable, but Baylor could still be a formidable contender next season," 6 Apr. 2021 Establishing a better run game, and upgrading the team’s playmakers should help him blossom. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Dolphins’ NFL draft options: Quarterbacks," 1 Apr. 2021 Creating conditions that allow the No. 1 overall pick to blossom — and work through struggles — should be an organizational priority. Star Tribune, "Difficulties or not, make Anthony Edwards, not D'Angelo Russell, the sidekick for Karl-Anthony Towns," 27 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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2 May 2021

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