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

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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 On photo shoots, when the women were told to wear solid pastel dresses, Ms. Carpenter, a striking platinum blonde, showed up in a sleeveless red floral pattern. BostonGlobe.com, "Rene Carpenter, astronaut’s wife who broke NASA mold, 92," 30 July 2020 But offstage, Sister Alice gives off a different persona, dressed in softer colors and small floral-print patterns. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "How HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ brought its vintage, yet fresh look together," 12 July 2020 Across 381 pages of text and the same number of illustrations is information about their favorite plants as well as expert advice on creating a thriving flower garden designed to have blooms cut for fresh floral arrangements. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "‘The Land Gardeners: Cut Flowers': Grow and arrange seasonal blooms at home," 30 June 2020 It’s one of the most discussed street styles of the spring: tactical body armor, customized assault rifles, maybe a sidearm and helmet, paired with the languid floral patterns of a Hawaiian shirt. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, New York Times, "What Do You Do When Extremism Comes for the Hawaiian Shirt?," 29 June 2020 In photos released Saturday, she is seen wearing a crepe floral midi dress that royal fashion watchers identified as being from Faithfull the Brand with a pair of beige espadrilles, her go-to summer footwear. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "After months of Zoom appearances, Duchess Kate joins families to plant garden at children's hospice," 27 June 2020 Truth & Fable Midi Satin Bodycon Dress With a floral pattern, sensible hemline, and flattering waist, this midi dress will quickly become one of your favorite pieces. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "10 Summer-Ready Dresses to Buy From Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 25 June 2020 With gardens in abundant blooms, nuptial floral arrangements could be locally sourced, as well. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Bells, brides and ceramics: Yenke Peddler antiques," 4 June 2020 The unique floral structure will allow the adults to feed on nectar but the pollination thing is not all that successful. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Got milkweed? Add some summer sizzle to your garden with these favorites of butterflies," 11 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are 18 colors and styles to choose from — from solid burgundy to light green floral to soft millennial pink — so no matter your personal style, there is probably an option that works for you. Tanya Ghahremani, Travel + Leisure, "This Summer Dress Has Over 2,000 Five-star Reviews on Amazon — and It Comes in 18 Colors," 26 June 2020 The bourbon is a dusty topaz color and has an aroma of white floral, Magnolia and citrus, spiced with vanilla, buttery leather and cocoa powder. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Here's when Old Forester's 20th Birthday Bourbon will be released," 24 June 2020 These cotton face masks come in more than a dozen different patterns and styles, from plaid to floral to stars. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "How to shop for face masks on Etsy, according to experts," 10 June 2020 The biggest deal is on jersey swing dresses, which are only $8 on April 28 only in prints and colors like solid black, striped, and navy floral. Tanya Ghahremani, Travel + Leisure, "7 Cute Dresses at Old Navy That Are on Sale for Under $10 (Video)," 29 Apr. 2020 Her firm sells florals, gifts and home décor items. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 ways to improve your home's curb appeal, for all those now walking by," 14 May 2020 Blown-up details from girl-friendly magazine ads hovered in black-and-white behind the multicolored florals. Blake Gopnik, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Andy Warhol Came to Paint Campbell’s Soup Cans," 16 Apr. 2020 This season, consider darker florals for a grungier look (especially when paired with your combat boots). Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "19 Cheap Spring Dresses That Look Anything But," 12 Mar. 2020 These Essential Oils to Create Seasonal Blends Lean on the fresh florals that springtime brings with a mix of citrus, Cedarwood, lavender, geranium, and jasmine essential oils. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Homemade Reed Diffuser That'll Fill Your House With a Scent You Love," 31 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of floral was in 1742

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3 Aug 2020

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“Floral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floral. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce floral (audio)

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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