bou·​quet | \bō-ˈkā, bü- \

Definition of bouquet 

1a : flowers picked and fastened together in a bunch : nosegay

b : medley a bouquet of songs

3a : a distinctive and characteristic fragrance (as of wine) The wine has a lovely bouquet.

b : a subtle aroma or quality (as of an artistic performance)

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Synonyms for bouquet


bob [Scottish], nosegay, posy

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Examples of bouquet in a Sentence

The bride carried a bouquet of white and red roses. The wine has a lovely bouquet.

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Trees One of my favorite scenes in the book finds Diana posing as a flower-delivery person and implanting video-surveillance cameras inside a bouquet of sunflowers. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Borderless shows us the tech-fueled nightmare that we’ve all created," 8 Nov. 2018 At the end of their visit, Kate was treated to a bouquet of flowers from a sweet little girl. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Adorably Met Kids at Coach Core in Essex," 30 Oct. 2018 Karlie confirmed the news by posting an Instagram of herself in a beautiful Dior gown holding a bouquet and laughing while holding hands with Josh. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Karlie Kloss Secretly Got Married and Her Wedding Gown Is Gorgeous," 18 Oct. 2018 Obama chides Biden for being out of shape and for getting Jill a bouquet of lilies instead of roses, noting that lilies are for sympathy, and scolds him over his messy car. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "The Obama-Biden Bromance Continues. This Time in a Mystery Novel.," 12 July 2018 No one expects your undies to smell like a bouquet, so skip any products that irritate the super-sensitive skin down there. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "6 Icky Underwear Mistakes You're Probably Making," 13 June 2018 Some wear blue shoes, others go for a blue manicure or pedicure; a piece of jewelry with a blue gem is popular option, as is a blue ribbon tied around the bridal bouquet. Marci Robin, Allure, "A Bride's Blue Pen Exploded in Her Hair Days Before Her Wedding, and the Photos Are Dramatic," 18 Aug. 2018 By the end of the rally, hundreds of bouquets filled dozens of baskets on the steps of Boise’s City Hall. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Hundreds mourn at vigil for victims of Idaho birthday party attack," 3 July 2018 By the end of the rally, hundreds of bouquets filled dozens of baskets on the steps of Boise's City Hall. CBS News, "Girl slain in Boise stabbing "loved pink and Disney princesses"," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of bouquet

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bouquet

French, from Middle French, thicket, bunch of flowers, from Old French (Norman-Picard dialect) bosquet thicket, from Old French bosc forest — more at boscage

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English Language Learners Definition of bouquet

: a group of flowers that are picked and often tied together

: a particular and usually pleasant smell of flowers or wine


bou·​quet | \bō-ˈkā, bü-\

Kids Definition of bouquet

: a bunch of flowers

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