flo·​ral | \ ˈflȯr-əl How to pronounce floral (audio) \

Definition of floral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or depicting flowers a floral display a floral design
2 : of or relating to a flora floral diversity



Definition of floral (Entry 2 of 2)

: a design or picture in which flowers predominate

Synonyms for floral

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of floral in a Sentence

Adjective a floral pattern in wallpaper The wine has a floral aroma.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Styles wore a Gucci suit with a large floral appliqué, while Corrin chose Miu Miu’s black organza dress—the bodysuit of the dress cut high like a 1980s aerobic outfit. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2022 The wreath was made sustainably, in a nest of English moss and oak branches and without using floral foam. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 The look pairs a strapless, bandeau top with two tiers of floral lace skirt that should be giving me grandma's kitchen curtain vibes and yet somehow don't. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 19 Sep. 2022 Some of the graves bear wooden crosses, inscribed with the names of the dead and sometimes floral tributes. Erin Mclaughlin, NBC News, 19 Sep. 2022 As Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin made its way from Westminster Abbey to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday, a white note could be seen nestled amid crown jewels and a richly symbolic floral spray. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 Sumita Tanda put down bright red roses as a huge floral tribute bloomed near Windsor Castle. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2022 The Tiffany silver box President Joe Biden gave the queen last year is engraved with both an image of Windsor Castle and floral emblems representing Washington, D.C., as well as the home states of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 The refurbishment also revealed a small section of the wallpaper (violently floral) when the building served as Baltimore’s City Hall. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 17 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sabrina Carpenter brings the cutouts to the carpet in this sequin floral embroidered Moschino gown, teamed with bombshell waves and a black Jennifer Behr headband. Brittany Talarico, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2022 With notes of strawberry, sandalwood, and jasmine, Daisy is a light floral that’s become a rite of passage for teens (and teens at heart). Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Aug. 2022 For the upholstery, choose a light and airy neutral, an understated floral, or a fresh stripe. Alison Allsopp, Country Living, 25 Aug. 2022 This Reformation dress is another take on floral without being too extra. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 14 July 2022 Loved, which arrives on HSN July 19, is a classic floral inspired by Lauren's personal love story with her husband. Tynan Sinks, Allure, 19 July 2022 Woody and floral with salty notes floating in, this scent delivers on its inspiration. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 The grocery store flower scene has emerged over the past 30 years or so, says Becky Roberts, director of floral at the IFPA. Allison Morrow, CNN, 2 July 2022 Matching that is Amaro Meletti, among the most floral of the Italian amari, with a perfumed and grapefruit-like bitterness and a juicy quality all its own. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 2 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of floral


1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for floral


(sense 1) borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin flōrālis "blooming, like a flower," going back to Latin, "of the goddess Flora or her festival" (also neuter plural flōrālia as noun, "flower gardens"), from Flōra "the goddess Flora" + -ālis -al entry 1; (sense 2) flora + -al entry 1 — more at flora


derivative of floral entry 1

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21 Sep 2022

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“Floral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floral. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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flo·​ral | \ ˈflȯr-əl How to pronounce floral (audio) \

Kids Definition of floral

: of or relating to flowers

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