boutonniere

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noun bou·ton·niere \ˌbü-tən-ˈir, ˌbü-tən-ˈyer\

Definition of boutonniere

  1. :  a flower or bouquet worn in a buttonhole

Origin and Etymology of boutonniere

French boutonnière buttonhole, from Middle French, from bouton button


First Known Use: circa 1867


BOUTONNIERE Defined for English Language Learners

boutonniere

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noun bou·ton·niere \ˌbü-tən-ˈir, ˌbü-tən-ˈyer\

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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