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


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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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 The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is bringing the beauty of springtime to you with a virtual walk through its Cherry Esplanade, which is packed with cherry blossoms in full bloom right now. Maya Salam, New York Times, "Monday’s Livestreaming Events: A Met Gala Celebration and a Nora Ephron Play," 4 May 2020 Ceonothus cultivars with blue or white blossoms that smell like honey. oregonlive, "What’s the best method of care for juniper hedge? Ask an expert," 29 Mar. 2020 Hanami parties celebrate the beauty, and fragility, of life EVERY MARCH and April trees along the banks of the Meguro river in Tokyo fleetingly erupt with fat pink and white cherry blossoms, heralding the arrival of spring. The Economist, "Correspondent’s diary Japan’s cherry blossoms in a time of coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 But so had the display in the hotel lobby: a floor-to-ceiling spring wonderland complete with cherry blossoms, bonsai trees and butterflies. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "All bets are off: Casinos grinding to a halt over coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 In the spring, the nation’s capital city turns pink with blooming cherry blossoms. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Spring Break Trips for Adventure Lovers on a Budget," 7 Feb. 2020 Such pictorial effects are translated into sculptural form in a floral table lamp with individual glowing blossoms shaped like greenish pond lilies, or trailing wisteria vines. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Tiffany lamp show at Cleveland Museum of Art brightens dark time of year," 12 Jan. 2020 The film centers on Tybalt and his Capulet brothers, who navigate Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn, where underground sword dueling — including katanas — with the rival Montagues blossoms into a vibrant world. Borys Kit, Billboard, "Spike Lee to Direct 1980s-Set Hip-Hop 'Romeo & Juliet' Tale 'Prince of Cats'," 14 Nov. 2019 The 5,000-square-foot space, which opened this month, is a contemporary take on a Japanese-like garden, embellished with delicate cherry blossoms, soft pink sofas, and views of the downtown skyline and Coronado Bay Bridge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown San Diego cinema now comes with a rooftop bar — and sushi," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His Air Jordan brand, which branched under Nike to become its own brand in '97, became more than just sneakers in the years after his retirement, blossoming into the fashion leisurewear world. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Tracing Michael Jordan's 10 biggest life feats over 20-plus years since 'The Last Dance' era," 15 May 2020 But the damage may have already been done a week earlier, when a warm three-day weekend and blossoming cherry trees brought out crowds of people. Yoshiaki Nohara,, "Tokyo Economy Could Face Lockdown From Few Dozen Virus Cases," 10 May 2020 My son has been working in restaurants for several years (and, consequently, was laid off early in March) and his culinary talents have blossomed. Ann Killion,, "On Mother’s Day, the pleasures of an empty nest filled again," 6 May 2020 Similarly, soil is warm enough for potatoes when dandelions bloom and carrots can purportedly go in when daffodils blossom. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "A few signs that it might be warm enough to start planting outside," 30 Apr. 2020 Each assumes the virus will blossom every time too many hosts emerge and force another lockdown. Donald G. Mcneil Jr.,, "The coronavirus in America: The year ahead," 18 Apr. 2020 With diverging rainbow paths in muted '70s colors, the opening shows how the feminist movement blossomed, but also how Schlafly's conservative campaign, led by religious housewives, thwarted them at every turn. Shannon Carlin,, "Mrs. America’s Opening Credits Are More Than A Disco Song — They’re A Feminist History Lesson," 15 Apr. 2020 Eason is a fourth-round pick, and the list of fourth-round quarterbacks who blossom into franchise pillars is a rather short one. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts already trying to temper expectations for Jacob Eason," 26 Apr. 2020 If recent history is any indicator, his poor shooting and high turnover numbers at Georgia shouldn’t prevent him from blossoming into a featured NBA role. Connor Letourneau,, "Why would Warriors take flawed Anthony Edwards with No. 1 draft pick?," 25 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of blossom


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blossom


Middle English blosme, from Old English blōstm; akin to Old English blōwan

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19 May 2020

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“Blossom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blossom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flower especially of a fruit tree



English Language Learners Definition of blossom (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce flowers
: to change, grow, and develop fully


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.


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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