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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Two Japanese pastimes—hanami, or flower viewing, and koyo, or colorful leaf viewing—bring the countryside to life with pink blossoms around April and fiery foliage in late September and early October. Ari Beser, National Geographic, "5 unforgettable train trips through Japan," 7 June 2019 The virtual showdowns take place in a lavish 3-D arena with cherry blossoms, a Japanese garden, and a giant dragon statue in the background, poking fun at the lazily stereotypical designs of martial-arts games like Street Fighter. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror: The Weird, Intriguing Intimacy of ‘Striking Vipers’," 5 June 2019 Yes, the Queen of England's garden is filled with all manner of flora and fauna, blooming with spring blossoms and laid with pristine lawns as far as the eye can see. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "I Need This Amazing Corgi Sculpture in Queen Elizabeth's Garden," 30 May 2019 The riverwalk located in the Nakameguro neighborhood was teeming with cherry blossoms and lit pink lanterns to commemorate this awe-inspiring, kaleidoscopic spring celebration. Ed Droste, Vogue, "Stargazing in Tokyo and Glamping Near Mt. Fuji: Ed Droste’s Epic Japan Travel Diary," 28 May 2019 Aggressive selection and hybridization has turned the male parts of many plants, called stamen, into an extra set of petals, creating a gorgeous but entirely useless blossom, Dupin tells me. Harrison Takoff, Smithsonian, "Why You Can Walk Into a Store and Buy a Nearly Extinct Animal," 2 Apr. 2018 Redbuds have white, violet, or magenta blossoms which are a favorite of bees and can completely cover the tree from spring to early summer. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, "Group to give away trees to Pearland residents," 15 Jan. 2018 And according to Buddhist myth, the Buddha appeared atop a floating lotus, and his first footsteps on Earth left lotus blossoms. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "The Secret Meaning of the Lotus Flower," 28 Apr. 2017 But her Classic Blossom collection, which is inspired by her love of cherry blossoms and went on sale on September 14th, brings with it a few surprises. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Spills the Details on KKW Beauty's New Classic Blossom Makeup Collection," 19 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After going 5-3 with a 3.25 ERA and batting only sparingly the previous year, Hudson blossomed into one of the best two-way players in SEC history in 1997. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al.com, "Auburn’s College World Series run brings up fond memories of 1997 Omaha trip," 15 June 2019 In Britain, the movement blossomed into the Fabian Society, they who based their thought and action entirely on the fear that wages were or might come to be higher than the old standard of subsistence. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 The most notable: The warmth of the ensemble’s actors, who as the show dictates must also play instruments while portraying the characters that surround Guy and Girl’s blossoming relationship. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Mad Cow’s ‘Once’ hits the heart but doesn’t quite grab the soul | Review," 9 June 2019 As HealthWorks celebrates its 20th anniversary, the company has blossomed from a one-person enterprise into a full-service wellness solutions company. Jessica Levy, Cincinnati.com, "HealthWorks creates customized solutions to support well-being at work," 7 June 2019 Copycat biopics are blossoming now that Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ showed what’s possible. Christian Science Monitor, "The Culture | Music," 7 June 2019 Over the festival’s 14 years in existence its music line-up has blossomed into one that easily attracts some of the biggest up-and-coming names in modern country music. Chip Mccabe, courant.com, "Besides the rodeo and the country music, here’s what you can’t miss at the Goshen Stampede," 6 June 2019 Nothing says spring like a blooming cherry blossom tree. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 The mastic imbues a nice piney flavor that pairs well with elements of rose and orange blossom waters. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Story Behind the Stretchy Ice Cream You’re About to See Everywhere," 20 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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