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

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Synonyms for floral

Synonyms: Adjective

flowered, flowery

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Examples of floral in a Sentence


a floral pattern in wallpaper The wine has a floral aroma.

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The Japonesque floral arrangements are by Caroline O’Donnell of Wildfolk Studio in Somerville. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Turning a drab master bedroom into an airy oasis," 9 Aug. 2019 Her friend Yris Palmer sent her a seven-foot-tall floral arrangement shaped like a person. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Got a Terrifying 7-Foot Tall Flower Arrangement Shaped Like a Person for Her Birthday," 7 Aug. 2019 Two floral arrangements graced the church, each with 45 in red flowers amid a backdrop of white flowers. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: An emotional farewell to Tyler Skaggs," 23 July 2019 Guests were greeted by extravagant decorations including tons of floral arrangements and pink and blue balloons, enjoying a variety of on-theme desserts and plenty of champagne. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "She's Here! RHOC Alum Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley Welcome Daughter Skylar Gray," 10 July 2019 The decorations were also in keeping with the wild west vibe, mixing bountiful floral arrangements with disco balls. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner Throw a Second Wedding in Wyoming," 24 June 2019 Pippa also went for white and blue, in the form of a floral mini-dress with ruffled sleeves. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Girls' day out! Duchess Meghan, Duchess Kate and Pippa Middleton attend Wimbledon together," 13 July 2019 Pippa has attended Wimbledon on several occasions in 2019, each time wearing a stunning floral look. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton's Pink Dress Is So Cute I'm Ordering One Right Now," 14 July 2019 Two other Etna favorites were the racy, floral-scented 2016 Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante ($35) and the lithe 2018 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco ($20), marked by a penetrating mineral edge. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Sicily’s Under-the-Radar Whites: Great Wines If You Can Get Them," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In Delevingne’s powder room, the wallpaper is the same jungly banana-leaf print as the fabric on the chairs outside, but the toilet is something else: hand-painted, seat and all, in Mexican Talavera-style florals, like a little functional sculpture. Julia Felsenthal, Marie Claire, "Cara Delevingne Bares All," 13 Aug. 2019 These wines exude the brighter side of chardonnay, with more acid-forward palettes and flavor profiles of citrus, fresh tropical fruits, and white florals. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Chardonnay," 5 Aug. 2019 New York interior designer Alex Papachristidis often designs custom pet beds in chic cottons and florals for clients. Jura Koncius, BostonGlobe.com, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 19 July 2019 Seascapes, city streets, people, plant life and florals are presented through impressionistic lenses as well as several abstracts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "RSF Art Guild exhibit ‘Shaped by Color’ to be presented in partnership with Lux Art Institute," 9 May 2019 There is also thought to be quite the abundance of florals: earlier this spring, the Duchess posted an Instagram of baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s feet. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Some Additional Renovation Plans for Frogmore Cottage," 6 June 2019 The ringmaster look also meant seeing multiple variations of the top hat, with full-sized toppers on some models and pint-sized versions on others in a variety of fabrications, including, but not limited to, gold metallics, florals and stripes. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Our favorite style stars were really in the spring of things this week—from bright florals, to rising hemlines, below are our 10 favorite looks of the week. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "#TheLIST Best Dressed: April 27, 2018," 27 Apr. 2018 While walking under curtains of living florals, the stars sipped on a selection of botanical-themed cocktails—including the night’s popular St-Germain Spritz, which was spotted in the hands of Shanina Shaik, DJ Alix Brown and more. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "See Inside the Maison St-Germain Opening Night—and Get the Cocktail Recipe the Stars Were Sipping," 21 June 2019

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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


Latin flor-, flos flower — more at blow

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English Language Learners Definition of floral

: of or relating to flowers


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

Kids Definition of floral

: of or relating to flowers

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not constant or steady

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