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

Chopra, standing out in a tangerine silk suit among all the floral dresses, fulfilled her own rules for a good party: loud laughter, good wine, and maybe a little bit of dancing. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Talking With Priyanka Chopra on a Swing in the Hamptons," 13 July 2018 Popular Science’s Kat Eschner reports that the scientists analyzed data from more than 100 experiments detailed in 23 lab studies of bees’ responses to floral scents. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn," 12 July 2018 Mae All Over Lace Padded Bandeau Bralette: Perfect for low-cut tops and muscle tanks, this bandeau in floral lace keeps a peek-a-boo moment very tasteful. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "The Bra and Underwear Sale You Won't Want to Miss on Amazon Tomorrow," 12 July 2018 She is seated on the floor in front of a wall delicately painted with a floral motif. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Review: Photographer Todd Gray traces African roots," 9 July 2018 His 100 dunams — about 25 acres — last year produced 150 tons of Anbar rice, a strain particular to Iraq that is prized for its gentle, floral aroma. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Iraq bans farming summer crops as water crisis grows dire," 5 July 2018 The model walked barefoot with a black bikini top and floral wrap skirt while her pop star beau wore a white tank, black Adidas shorts, and white slippers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin, Justin Bieber, and His New Mustache Had a Beach Date Ahead of July Fourth," 5 July 2018 His 100 dunams — about 25 acres — last year produced 150 tons of Anbar rice, a strain particular to Iraq that is prized for its gentle, floral aroma. Washington Post, "Iraq bans farming summer crops as water crisis grows dire," 5 July 2018 To her right, Mirlande Jean-Baptiste, from Haiti, wears a wildly floral dress, scarlet lipstick, and dangling earrings. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hot trends were retro florals, trench coats, classic plaid, gathered ruching and sequins. Elizabeth Moore, NOLA.com, "North Shore Notables: P.E.O. Sisterhood enjoys Treasure Trove of fun at luncheon," 18 Mar. 2018 And there was this floral ruffled dress by Susannah in 2016. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton Wears the Prettiest White Sundress to Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 The dress code was florals for girls, which most guests wore. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Topper Mortimer and Tabitha Simmons Wed in New York City—and Had Their After-Party at Dorrian's," 11 June 2018 The designs are both graphic and organic-feeling — a fresh take on florals in platinum, diamonds, and tanzanite. The Cut, "Why “Tiffany Blue” Was All Over Instagram This Month," 18 May 2018 Triano went to Claremont Fabrics on La Cienega, a classic English fabric resource, to find an English floral in a modern color way. Bonnie Mccarthy, latimes.com, "How will Meghan and Harry mash up California style and British (royal) tradition?," 17 May 2018 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

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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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