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 Or, if staying in spring, enjoy the rich bouquet of the citrus blossoms. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Arizona's coolest campsites: How to book an Airstream, a bubble tent or an alpaca farm," 10 Jan. 2020 It’s near the Silver Temple, at the top of this steep street full of shops, and there’s a stream, or a little river, surrounded by cherry blossom trees. Lindsay Zoladz, New York Times, "Beck Is Captivated by American Myths and a $60 Guitar," 22 Nov. 2019 Now, the Post and Courier reports, it also will be adorned with cherry blossom trees, a sprawling dragon display and mythical creatures called qilins. USA TODAY, "‘Joker’ stairs, migration art, Amazon in politics: News from around our 50 states," 31 Oct. 2019 While botanists worked to reintroduce the flower to the wild and start a new population of yellow-lobed blossoms, collectors caught wind of the miraculous return of the lady’s slipper. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Orchids," 9 Oct. 2019 Also Keroppi the Frog and My Melody donned kimonos in a Japanese village that was decked out with lanterns, cherry blossom trees and bamboo stalks. Los Angeles Times, "A Hello Kitty fan takes in L.A. pop-up celebrating the world-famous cartoon character," 4 Oct. 2019 At the Mason Street Townhouses, Richard Cawley’s art has butterflies springing from a metal frame and sprays of cherry blossoms coming from the buildings’ gables. oregonlive, "Were emojis on a pink house sending a message? California house up for sale," 19 Sep. 2019 Each of the two memorial sites features cherry blossom trees that will bloom every year around the time of the marathon, glass spires that represent the fragility of life, and black tiles arranged in a diamond that represent the two blasts. Diamond Naga Siu,, "Boston Marathon memorial on Boylston Street completed," 19 Aug. 2019 Fairchild first encountered the flowering cherry blossom trees in Japan in 1902. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Armed with a textbook jumper, sound instincts and a diligent approach, the former unheralded recruit has blossomed into an ideal floor-spacer for the modern NBA. Connor Letourneau,, "Why Warriors’ Damion Lee holds firmly to his Drexel roots," 11 Jan. 2020 Oh, there's also two nifty little Silvas at the Etihad Stadium, a blossoming Phil Foden and the reliable Ilkay Gundogan., "Ranking All 20 Premier League Midfields From Worst to Best," 18 Oct. 2019 About two months ago, the trio formed American Champions Tennis, an organization that flips the script on how to develop blossoming men’s talent. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Jimmy Connors, group begin quest for next U.S. men’s tennis champ in Carlsbad," 19 Sep. 2019 The trailer also gives us a glimpse into the Culver Creek’s cliques — including Riverdale’s Jordan Connor as antagonist Kevin — and Pudge’s blossoming friendships. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Hulu's "Looking for Alaska" Releases First Full Trailer Starring Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer," 12 Sep. 2019 His children are teaching him how to navigate social media, which blossomed while he was mostly cut off from technology inside the facility. USA Today, "Deaths in custody. Sexual violence. Hunger strikes. What we uncovered inside ICE facilities across the US," 20 Dec. 2019 By the time of the Puranik or classical era, which blossomed under the region’s first Hindu empire of the Guptas (3rd-6th centuries CE), the dancing Shiva had begun to emerge in his most dramatic form. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "How the Indian icon Nataraja danced his way from ancient history to modern physics," 18 Dec. 2019 Mobile money is fast blossoming in Africa, boosted by rising mobile adoption across the continent. Farai Shawn Matiashe, Quartz Africa, "Zimbabwe’s central bank has reversed its ban on mobile money-for-cash transactions," 3 Oct. 2019 From whispering to one another in the royal box, to making each other laugh a little too much, Meghan and Kate's friendship appears to be blossoming. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Thinks Meghan Markle Is Dressed as a Line Judge at Wimbledon 2018," 14 July 2018

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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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The first known use of blossom was before the 12th century

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14 Jan 2020

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“Blossom.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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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