flo·ral | \ ˈflȯr-əl \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Closing the show was model Adut Akech Bior in a striking marigold gown complete with a matching floral headpiece. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Gowns At Valentino's Couture Show Will Take Your Breath Away," 5 July 2018 No carefully manicured lawns or massive splashes of floral color for this guy. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Five Seasons' a beautiful doc about the 'plantsman' behind Lurie Garden and more," 14 June 2018 Floral Maxi Dress Add a little fun to your look with a colorful floral maxi! Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "The 5 Coolest Styles to Score at ASOS During Their Summer Sale," 12 June 2018 Against a backdrop of twentysomethings draped in minimalist streetwear, Miyashiro, who was wearing a fitted shirt with a dark floral pattern and a baseball cap with a fluorescent stripe, looked only slightly more adult. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "How 88rising Is Making a Place for Asians in Hip-Hop," 14 Mar. 2018 Nail the mix-and-match look with one dominant floral pattern and a textured solid style in the same color family. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Ways to Design a Better Bathroom with Wallpaper," 22 Jan. 2018 This is all set up in front of another floral backdrop. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Sparks Pregnancy Rumors with "God Is a Woman" Music Video," 13 July 2018 Oak comes in at the end of the nose, contrasting the wood and floral undertones. Emily Price, Fortune, "Macallan's Latest Limited Edition Whisky Is Pleasantly Oaky and Surprisingly Affordable," 11 July 2018 Firstly, Kardashian was spotted getting ice cream, while wearing a floral, retro bikini top with a matching skort. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Wears Two Steamy Swimsuit Looks in One Day," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yup, the 25-year-walked the red carpet in a matching crop top and skirt in the same white- and blue-floral that Markle wore to the late Princess Diana's niece's wedding. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Selena Gomez and Meghan Markle Wore the Same Oscar de la Renta Print," 2 July 2018 There was a plethora of 1980s neon colors, bright florals and prints —from Manga volley-ball playing characters to Roger Minick photographs of tourists. Washington Post, "Prada redefines youthful elegance with psychedelic flair," 17 June 2018 Trippy ’70s-era florals and riotous allover prints turned up on luxe clown clothes. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Amid florals and stripes, a stylized block-print pattern in punchy orange enlivens the pillows. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Redesigning a vacation home for family gatherings and the retirement years," 30 Mar. 2018 Now that the season of florals is officially in full swing, everyone is working on unique ways to make the popular print their own. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez and Meghan Markle Wore the Same Oscar de la Renta Print," 2 July 2018 The wine is tarry and floral, with a suggestion of roasted meat. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting notes: Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon," 1 June 2018 The zippy floral opens with mandarin orange before quickly evolving into the greener hyacinth and rhubarb, of all things. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tory Burch Talks Building a Brand, Wellness, and Her Tenth Perfume Just Like Heaven," 14 May 2018 Understandably, the couple took inspiration for their decor and cake from the rustic setting and, to add a pop of color, used a lot of bright florals and colorful glassware. Dobrina Zhekova, Sunset, "12 Ideas for the Perfect Camping-Inspired Wedding," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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Phrases Related to floral

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English Language Learners Definition of floral

: of or relating to flowers


flo·ral | \ ˈflȯr-əl \

Kids Definition of floral

: of or relating to flowers

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