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

Washed denim corset dresses are embroidered with blossoms, ruffles tier down maxi dresses and frame the shoulders of mini dresses, and the ombre colors on diaphanous dresses evoke the tie-dyes of hippiedom past. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "A post-Coachella Beyoncé pop-in helps highlight the Dundas label's Melrose Avenue pop-up shop," 25 Apr. 2018 Of course, springtime in Washington is associated with cherry blossoms. John Kelly, Washington Post, "It’s time for you to focus on my annual Squirrel Week Photography Contest," 14 Mar. 2018 Also part of this theme is the Sakura Collection, which was designed to commemorate Le Creuset's 25 years in Japan and is decorated with cherry blossoms, which are the traditional Japanese symbol for spring. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Le Creuset Launched a Flower Collection Just in Time for Spring," 6 Mar. 2018 Drizzle salads with another 1/4 cup or so of vinaigrette and top with chive blossoms, if using, and flaky sea salt. Sunset, "Composed Mediterranean Salad," 22 Jan. 2018 Cherry blossoms are a symbol of friendship between Japan and the United States. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 Prune hydrangeas to remove old flower clusters and reshape plants when the blossoms fade. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Wilson indicated wispy bald cypress trees, the drooping white blossoms of tea plants and a giant swath of ornamental grasses, which will turn red in the fall. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Arlington Cemetery to open new section with space-saving pre-dug graves," 4 June 2018 For local theater-goers, among the surest signs of spring in New Orleans is the annual arrival of the comic blossoms of the NOLA Project to the Sculpture Gardens of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "'Three Musketeers' is one for all and all for fun at NOMA Sculpture Garden," 12 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After all, White helped Allen blossom into the nation’s most dominant pass rusher last season. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "Kentucky needs to replace 7 starters off dominant defense," 12 Apr. 2019 Enjoying her fully blossomed witch powers, Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) changes her outfit for the day with just a spin and a spell while Devo plays on. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "The Best Musical Moments from "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Part 2," 9 Apr. 2019 That would be a really cool relationship to see, really blossom. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Chrissy Metz Says This Is Us Fans Have Kate All Wrong," 19 Mar. 2019 The sauce is just a bit of orange juice heated with sugar or honey, cinnamon and orange blossom water. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Getty Images The arrival of spring means a few things, including warmer weather, blossoming flowers, and color. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Stuart Weitzman's Neon Shoes Will Be the Highlight of Your Spring," 16 Apr. 2019 As their relationship has blossomed over their years, so have their careers—definitely no coincidence. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "The Unconventional Path That Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy Took to Wedded Bliss," 12 Mar. 2019 Israeli-Cypriot relations have blossomed in the last decade following gas discoveries in waters off both countries. Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Seattle Times, "Israel: ‘Much safer’ Mediterranean with Cyprus teamwork," 12 Feb. 2019 Eugenio Suarez is blossoming into a big run producer for the Reds, and St. Louis' Matt Carpenter can play both corner infield spots — even second base if needed. Mike Fitzpatrick, chicagotribune.com, "MLB All-Star Game predictions: Who will start on July 17?," 6 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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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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