bou·​ton·​niere | \ ˌbü-tə-ˈnir How to pronounce boutonniere (audio) , ˌbü-tən-ˈyer How to pronounce boutonniere (audio) \

Definition of boutonniere

: a flower or bouquet worn in a buttonhole

Examples of boutonniere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wedding party will be responsible for providing their own officiant, reception entertainment, bridal bouquet and boutonnieres, and photographer/videographer. al, "Nuptials nixed by COVID-19? Win a mountain wedding," 13 May 2020 The groom wore a dark blue, three-piece, Western-style suit with an ivory tie and boutonniere, and the bride was in a white lace sari and a jeweled wedding headpiece with pink and purple flowers pinned above her chignon. Washington Post, "Sri Lanka newlyweds cancel wedding party, help poor instead," 18 May 2020 Our era fears political extremism and senseless public violence, which makes Arthur’s reactionary Joker an order of magnitude scarier than Jack Nicholson shooting acid out of a boutonniere. Dan Brooks, New York Times, "What’s the Panic Over ‘Joker’ Really About?," 2 Oct. 2019 Another friend, Tania Rios, found a local florist to make a boutonniere and a bouquet, which Adam would later drag through the cake icing. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus turned their big wedding into a Zoom event with no loss of joy," 18 Apr. 2020 Founder Sarah Tedford sources blossoms from local wholesalers and farmers, creating bouquets, boutonnieres, tablescapes, floral cakes, and flower crowns. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Treat Yourself to One of These Fabulous Floral Workshops," 10 Feb. 2020 Deadly gags were his game, from acid-spewing boutonnieres to buzzers that turned handshakes into a murder scene. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "Our definitive ranking of the Jokers, from Jack Nicholson to Joaquin Phoenix," 2 Oct. 2019 The groom wore a black tuxedo with matching velvet accessories and a feather boutonniere. New York Times, "When ‘Low-Key’ Meets ‘Adventurous’," 13 Dec. 2019 Family and friends gathered around Hanson, who wore a red cap and gown and a boutonniere. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "91-year-old grandfather receives high school diploma after dropping out to save his family's farm," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of boutonniere

circa 1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boutonniere

French boutonnière buttonhole, from Middle French, from bouton button

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The first known use of boutonniere was circa 1867

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English Language Learners Definition of boutonniere

US : a flower or small group of flowers that men sometimes wear on their jackets on special occasions (such as weddings)

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