bou·​quet | \ bō-ˈkā How to pronounce bouquet (audio) , bü- How to pronounce bouquet (audio) \

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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Hayley continued a family tradition by carrying a classic lily of the valley bouquet, working with local florist Mindy Rice. Vogue, "California Dreamers: Hayley Bloomingdale’s Stylish Santa Barbara Wedding," 26 Nov. 2018 Her entire front lawn and walkway was covered in them, some planted, some in gorgeous, bulbous bouquets, but all of the absolutely beautiful and brilliantly red. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Shares Rare Clip of Travis Scott and Baby Stormi," 11 Aug. 2018 Amid the displays of roses, lilies and sunflowers, in the middle of one bouquet, someone placed a single American flag. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "A Nepali immigrant brought his daughter to America for a better life. Then his own was taken.," 11 July 2018 That’s not the case for the pyrotechnic bouquets that burst in the air, over and over again, every year in early July. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Fireworks fascination can never be defused, so keep your ears plugged," 9 July 2018 Smell lavender at the nearby farms, eat it in ice cream, drink it in cocktails and take it home in bouquets, toiletries, cooking ingredients and even clothing for pets. Sara Cagle,, "There’s no better time than summer for food and flower festivals. Here are five to sample," 6 July 2018 Photographs of a friendly gathering during good times, a flower bouquet, splattered blood and a clown’s costume kit. Chuck Weber,, "Evidence photos shed light on notorious killer clown case," 4 July 2018 Pick a bouquet, enjoy lunch and desserts provided by Sophie’s Choice Designs, and visit other artisans showing and selling their work. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 This is a bright bouquet of musical offerings from the varied world of the jam scene, and one that will pair nicely with the bold brews from Two Roads. John Adamian,, "Music Festivals And Concerts Not To Miss This Week," 18 June 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 How to pronounce bouquet (audio) , bü-\

Kids Definition of bouquet

: a bunch of flowers

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