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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Amanda carried her son, who was wearing a suit, down the aisle as her bouquet. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Mom Carries Her Premature Baby Instead of a Bouquet in Emotional Hospital Wedding," 9 Aug. 2019 O’Rourke lay down his bouquet of roses at the memorial, just like so many others in this border community had. James Barragán, Dallas News, "El Pasoans rally around Beto O'Rourke at Walmart vigil as candidate skips key campaign stop," 8 Aug. 2019 Swimm’s own Brown Dog Farm has first-of-the-year sunflowers at the market, which will be included in many of their mixed bouquets this week. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Not into fishing? Direct order sockeye has begun. Plus, our warm summer means beautiful berries are headed to the farmers markets," 25 July 2019 In one corner are peonies, which were rooted from her bridal bouquet. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "See inside this stunning remodeled Victorian mansion in Old Louisville," 27 June 2019 Heller, a tomboy at heart, picked out her tropical-looking bouquet from the flower display at Whole Foods that morning., "City Hall weddings: Public displays of devotion," 7 June 2019 There's so much to think about, from who's giving the speeches to how to hold your bouquet to when to cut the wedding cake. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "40+ Wedding Captions for Every Instagram of the Bride, Groom, and Guests," 23 May 2019 Last year, the Duchess of Sussex also carried forget-me-nots in her wedding bouquet in honor of the Princess Diana, the palace confirmed at the time. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Kate Middleton Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 Back in 2018, Prince Harry even picked a handful of the flowers just for Meghan to use in her bouquet for their royal wedding. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Mother's Day Photo of Archie Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 12 May 2019

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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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