Definition of boutonniere
: a flower or bouquet worn in a buttonhole
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The words ranged from incredibly simple (stunning, passion) to fairly challenging (boutonniere), and unsurprisingly, there were some seriously concerning blunders along the way.
Tickets cost $250 per couple and include a three-course meal, as well as a corsage and a boutonniere.
The Class of 2017 — led into the Coolidge Field House by St. Patrick's Pipe Band — was made up of 79 graduates with young women wearing white dresses and carrying flowers and young men wearing navy blue blazers with rose boutonnieres.
Sierra's date — who matched the deep blue hue of her gown with his tie and boutonniere, and her kicks with a pair of his own — is the son of a Marion County Sheriff's captain.
The overarching sense is that no one's in charge, or at least no one not wearing a water-squirting boutonniere.
Not a single time did our dates ever put on a pin (to hold the boutonniere).
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Origin and Etymology of boutonniere
French boutonnière buttonhole, from Middle French, from bouton button
First Known Use: circa 1867See Words from the same year
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Definition of boutonniere for English Language Learners
: a flower or small group of flowers that men sometimes wear on their jackets on special occasions (such as weddings)
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