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

The peak bloom date is when 70 percent of the blossoms are open. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Washington, D.C., cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom," 8 Apr. 2018 But for the next 7 days the stunning beauty of the blossoms will attract tourists from all over the world. Fox News, "Trump to skip White House Correspondents' Dinner again," 6 Apr. 2018 That means for those three days around 70 percent of the blossoms will be open. Evelyn Wang, Condé Nast Traveler, "Washington, D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Season Starts in Two Weeks," 1 Mar. 2018 Its trajectory around Saturn was both convoluted and precise, unfurling over the course of its 13-year tour like the opening petals of a blossom. Carolyn Porco, Scientific American, "Cassini at Saturn: A Retrospective," 1 Oct. 2017 Pacific Coast Plant California mountain lilac and you won’t be setting any new trends—just ensuring a long-lasting, cornea-busting, deep azure explosion of blossom come spring. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "15 Native Wildflowers Every Gardener Should Plant," 5 May 2017 Suddenly whole rural landscapes – meadows, old pastures, woodland edges, ditches, the sides of highways and railroads – are lit up by its blossoms. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 There is a rose growing all over the island, its pink and white blossoms glowing in front yards, on the dunes and between the old Viking graves, most of which have long been swallowed by the sea. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Martha’s Vineyard of Germany Is Vanishing Into the Sea," 25 June 2018 Japan is known for their stunning cherry blossoms, which reach peak bloom during springtime and are said to represent the fragility and the beauty of life. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This NYC Restaurant Created a Spring Wonderland With 1,000 Cherry Blossoms—and It's Breathtaking," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And this season Adawehi is brutally murdered just as her relationship with Claire begins to blossom. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "What Outlander Finally Gets Right About Rape This Season," 7 Jan. 2019 Since their introduction in the 1920s, their numbers have blossomed into a staggering 700 ungulates. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mountain Goats Are Being Airlifted Out of a National Park Because They Crave Human Pee," 28 Sep. 2018 Generally speaking, Lafite takes about 25 years to blossom in a strong vintage; the 1999, from a less powerful year, is just starting to develop secondary nuances, the herbal and savory notes that make mature Lafite so compelling. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "A New Era Begins at Château Lafite as Baron de Rothschild Hands Leadership Over to His Daughter," 13 Aug. 2018 And before that seed has time to blossom, there are people who glom on and extrapolate way too far. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How hormones went from theoretical to overhyped in one century," 7 Aug. 2018 As the colors outside change from gloomy gray to perfectly sunny and pastel, our interiors also request a bit of a refresh — and there's no better way for your space to blossom than by celebrating the trends of the season. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "7 Best Spring Home Decor Trends To Refresh Your Home," 22 Feb. 2017 When the Apollo 17 crew returned with the Blue Marble image on December 7, 1972, Brand slapped it on the cover of his magazine and expected human consciousness to blossom. Grant Burningham, Newsweek, "How Satellite Imaging Will Revolutionize Everything From Stock Picking to Farming," 8 Sep. 2016 The soon-to-be 37-year-old has certainly come far from her days of California cool, blossoming into looks that skew more Cambridge chic. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Happy Birthday, Duchess: See Meghan Markle’s Hair Evolution Through the Years," 4 Aug. 2018 Chayka said that the Golden Knights were a prime example of how certain players, when given a bigger opportunity, can transform their game and blossom into highly effective pieces. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes complete seven-player deal with Chicago Blackhawks," 12 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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