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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Sitting in the back of a taxi cab with the location marked to New York City Hall, Garner, 25, wore a fuzzy, white coat on top a lacy Danielle Frankel dress while Foster, 35, wore a black suit and tie with a white boutonniere. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'Ozark' actress Julia Garner marries Foster the People frontman Mark Foster," 27 Dec. 2019 The groom wore tan dress shorts and a crisp shirt with a purple orchid boutonniere, creating a casual and informal vibe. New York Times, "Laughter and Love, a Gazillion Dates Later," 20 Dec. 2019 The wedding package at the Central Library in Copley Square includes a preceremony breakfast, bouquets and boutonnieres, music, photography, an overnight stay at the Westin Copley Place, and ceremonies officiated by a Justice of the Peace. USA TODAY, "Massive pumpkin, runaway emu, 38-year-old penguin dies: News from around our 50 states," 21 Oct. 2019 The prize also includes an overnight stay for each couple at the Westin Copley Place, bouquets and boutonnieres, light refreshments, and commemorative gifts, the BPL said., "Want to tie the knot without breaking your bank? The Boston Public Library might be able to help.," 16 Oct. 2019 Osborn famously wore red rose boutonnieres daily, and one was provided for each guest. Christopher Wynn, Dallas News, "Memorial service for Neiman Marcus stylemaker Derrill Osborn was as elegant and original as he was," 28 July 2019 Two men dressed in their Sunday best, boutonnieres on their lapels, are pictured jointly cutting into a cake. John Paul Brammer, NBC News, "Have you seen these men? Search is on for gay couple denied 1957 wedding pics," 25 July 2019 Take the bridal order for bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and corsages of sunflowers and delphiniums. Denise Coffey,, "NEPS Opens Full Service Florist Shop," 22 July 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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boutonniere.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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