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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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 The bride wore a jumpsuit by Bevza, and the groom donned a grey suit with a large boutonniere. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner's Wedding Gown Took Over 350 Hours to Make," 8 July 2019 Asquith, wearing his sailor’s uniform and a boutonniere, said., "‘It was war.’ Oregon veterans recall D-Day," 6 June 2019 Our only question is whether or not Sabbat sported a men’s version as a boutonniere. Vogue, "Can the Corsage Ever Be Cool? Chloë Sevigny Says “Yes!”," 8 Apr. 2019 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

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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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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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