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 & Antonyms for bouquet


aroma, balm, fragrance, fragrancy, incense, perfume, redolence, scent, spice


reek, stench, stink

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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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This year, forgo the traditional bouquet of peonies or bottle of rosé, and go for a thoughtful beauty token that will last long after the fireworks. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "13 Last-Minute Hostess Gifts for the Beauty Lover at Heart," 25 June 2018 Cuomo, who wasn't scheduled to appear here on Wednesday, greeted Clinton onstage after her speech with a bouquet, then complimented her during a chat with reporters afterward. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Hillary Clinton endorses Cuomo in New York as progressive opponents fume," 23 May 2018 Prince Harry also helped pick the flowers in Meghan's bouquet. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Honored Princess Diana in the Sweetest Ways," 19 May 2018 And in royal tradition, Markle’s bouquet also includes myrtle sprigs, which represents love, according to the royal family’s Twitter account. Meagan Fredette,, "They Did It: Harry & Meghan Share First Royal Kiss," 19 May 2018 Ashlee Schoenvogel is a former elementary school teacher who took her daughter to the front of the George H.W. Bush Library & Museum to pay respects to Mrs. Bush with a bouquet of flowers. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Barbara Bush's passion for education and family lives on," 20 Apr. 2018 She was soon transformed into a queen: the organization's crown and mantle were added to her ensemble, which was completed with the traditional cascade bouquet of white orchids. Sue Strachan,, "Knights of Momus celebrate at its 147th ball," 9 Feb. 2018 But instead of an arrangement that will wilt after a few days, consider Martha’s Flowers (Clarkson Potter), a gorgeous big bouquet of a book from Martha Stewart (with Kevin Sharkey). Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "10 great gift book ideas for Mother's Day, from 'Flowers' to 'Paris'," 10 May 2018 Like Amy Schumer, who sent a bouquet of flowers and a sweet note to her friend Jennifer Lawrence after her split from director Darren Aronofsky in November. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Amy Schumer Had Some Harsh Words for Jennifer Lawrence After Her Breakup," 2 Mar. 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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