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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Her package, including officiant, photographer, bouquet and boutonniere, ends up costing couples $3,799. New York Times, "A Dream Wedding on a Budget," 8 June 2018 The bouquet also comes with a pizza boutonniere for the groom. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Brides get the chance to carry a pizza bouquet instead of flowers," 17 June 2018 At-sea packages include a bouquet and boutonniere, cake for the couple, Champagne toast, bistro dinner for two, canapés delivered to stateroom and more. Alex Pulaski,, "Say 'I do' and save money? Whoever thought you'd say that in the same sentence? But a cruise means both can happen," 10 June 2018 Villa Italian Kitchen is making pizza lover’s wedding dreams come true by introducing pizza bouquets and boutonnieres. Ana Calderone,, "Brides Can Now Get Pizza Bouquets for Their Wedding," 6 June 2018 The pizza bouquet and boutonniere are made from pizza dough, mozzarella, tomatoes and pepperoni. Lauren Delgado,, "Pizza bouquets, boutonnieres being tossed to couples," 4 June 2018 The couple posed beneath a floral arch and even adding a pastel boutonniere to Smith’s lapel, clearly enjoying a night that remains a rite of passage for many teens. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Jaden Smith Goes to Prom in a Very Gen-Z Suit," 31 May 2018 An elaborate boutonniere is pinned to the lapel of her coat. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Sen. John McCain tweets birthday wish to wife, Cindy," 20 May 2018 Her event will also offer spray tans, and a florist company will be on site to donate corsages and boutonnieres. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Moved by school tragedy, community comes together to give Parkland seniors a prom to remember," 5 May 2018

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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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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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