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

The collection consists of a pencil skirt and cropped blouse and cocktail dress for women, in a matching blush floral print with a tiered dress for the little ones. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brock Launches Mommy and Me on the Runway," 8 Feb. 2019 The Colombian designer is known for her soft silhouettes and bold, graphic floral prints, which suit this English rose perfectly. Roberta Gorin-paracka, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wears Floral Elie Saab Gown at Art of Elysium's "Heaven" Gala," 6 Jan. 2019 Walking through the Margiela exhibit in Paris earlier this year, past the oversize suiting and deconstructed denim, all the collaged floral prints and long silk wrap skirts from his Spring 1992 collection caught my eye. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tom Ford’s Gucci and 1980s BodyMap: These Are the 16 Collections We’d Like to See Reissued Now," 27 Dec. 2018 Odilia floral-print panelled midi dress Brock Collection matchesfashion.com $834.00 Shop It For more celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Floral Brock Collection Dress is Such a Different Look for the Duchess," 18 Dec. 2018 The current selection only covers the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy lines and includes mostly clear cases with floral prints, both of which are trends Elicerio mentioned to me. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Verizon and AT&T have vastly different ideas about phone cases," 14 Aug. 2018 Liberty London Housed inside a Tudor-style building, this department store sells much more than its famous floral prints. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "London Travel Guide: The Best Things to Do, See, Eat, and More," 7 Aug. 2018 The new summer design features a feminine floral print by Rifle Paper Co. wrapped in translucent waterproof material that’s ready to go, rain or shine. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Retro-chic bag is gentle on the earth," 18 July 2018 The comeback began a few years ago, when high-end designers such as Valentino and Prada put models in floral prints on runways. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Aloha to your father’s Hawaiian shirts," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dion chose Batsheva’s sleeveless dress striped with florals. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Celine Dion Is the Most Unlikely Person to Wear a Prairie Dress—And She Nails It," 26 Jan. 2019 Essentially miniature greenhouses, these glass containers filled with florals make a whimsical addition to any home. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "20 Best Terrarium Plants for Every Type of Home," 4 Jan. 2019 In their place was a floral, knee-length dress more in line with the vibe of her current home of Los Angeles than her hometown of Queens, New York. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Fran Drescher Was Always Ahead of Her Time," 30 Aug. 2018 As for the fragrance itself, Calvin Klein Women is a woody floral built around three principal ingredients: eucalyptus acorns, orange flower petals, and Alaskan cedarwood. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lupita Nyong'o and Saoirse Ronan Are the Faces of Calvin Klein's New Fragrance, Women," 16 July 2018 The setting, the Terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel, provided the perfect de facto clubhouse for Vogue100 to launch in elegance and chat about all things red carpet, among florals from Lily Lodge. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "The Vogue100 Hosts an Intimate, Post-Golden Globes Lunch," 8 Jan. 2019 The result was a collaboration between the designer and his son Zaheen; a deep V-neck gown with an Indian paisley bodice and sleeves, fading into sharp florals at the skirt and train. John Dolan, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Didn't Believe in Love at First Sight–Until It Happened to Them," 6 Aug. 2018 Tonight’s dish will be served on long wooden tables adorned with autumnal florals, candles, and a special edition Mast chocolate bar. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What’s on the Menu at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner? Chicken Pot Pie, of Course," 6 Nov. 2018 Shortly after arriving at Bondi Beach, the duchess received an unexpected accessory to complete her look—a pink floral lei. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Striped Martin Grant Dress for a Walk on Bondi Beach in Sydney," 18 Oct. 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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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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