bouquet

noun

bou·​quet bō-ˈkā How to pronounce bouquet (audio) bü- How to pronounce bouquet (audio)
1
a
: flowers picked and fastened together in a bunch : nosegay
b
: medley
a bouquet of songs
2
3
a
: 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)

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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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French boucquet "grove, thicket, bunch of flowers," going back to Old French (Norman & Picard) bosquet "thicket," from Old French bos, bois, bosc "grove, forest, wood (the material)" + -et -et entry 1 — more at boiserie

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bouquet was in 1701

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Cite this Entry

“Bouquet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bouquet. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

bouquet

noun
bou·​quet bō-ˈkā How to pronounce bouquet (audio) bü- How to pronounce bouquet (audio)
1
: a bunch of flowers
2

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