bou·​ton·​niere ˌbü-tə-ˈnir How to pronounce boutonniere (audio) ˌbü-tən-ˈyer How to pronounce boutonniere (audio)
: a flower or bouquet worn in a buttonhole

Examples of boutonniere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prom season and fall formals bring avalanches of corsage, boutonniere and wristlet orders. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 His Marine decorations were worn instead of a boutonniere. Tammy Lagorce, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Stylist and Anonymous Content manager Jeanne Yang enjoys piling on the florals, boutonnieres and jewelry, like Taika Waititi’s Cartier pearls accenting his extended Prabal Gurung tuxedo at the Met Gala. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Dec. 2023 He and his groomsmen were photographed wearing ivory boutonnieres. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile the groom went with a white button up shirt, tie and boutonniere under a NASCAR jacket with matching pants. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2023 Sullivan, who wore a strapless gown and headband, also carried a huge bouquet of white flowers, while the groom sported a black tuxedo and matching boutonniere. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 7 Aug. 2023 Yellow squash is split, filled with basmati rice flavored with warm spices and raisins, and finished with labneh kisses and a flower that dresses up the dish like a boutonniere. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 21 July 2023 Some have gradient hues or stripes and can be bigger than your hand or as dainty as boutonnieres. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2023 See More

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Word History


French boutonnière buttonhole, from Middle French, from bouton button

First Known Use

circa 1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boutonniere was circa 1867

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“Boutonniere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a flower or bouquet worn in a buttonhole

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