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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The camera follows her through the familiar spaces of a Soviet apartment, each room with a different floral wallpaper, to the kitchen. Bathsheba Demuth, BostonGlobe.com, "Chernobyl reminds us of the tragic cost of lies," 28 June 2019 Some of my other favorite slips are this one (also from Aritzia) and a paper-thin floral dress from Silk Laundry. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Aritzia Slip Dress," 26 June 2019 The princess appears to have worn a floral dress with a blue head-wrap for the big day, and brought along a chambray shirt for another, more casual event that weekend: karaoke. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Attended Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner's Second, Wild West-Themed Wedding," 25 June 2019 As Angasan and other women shared stories and statistics, 4-year-old Scarlett, wearing a floral dress as bright as her red hair, waved to her grandmother. USA Today, "A deadly place: Alaska is the most dangerous state for women, now they're fighting back," 25 June 2019 The homeowner's daughter’s room features cool blues and a mural by a local Indian artist, while the master bedroom is a haven of warm shades (think pink!) and floral wallpaper. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "This is the Most Colorful Apartment You've Ever Seen," 5 June 2019 Richard Quinn covered up his models in floral scarves. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“Fashion For Bank Robbers” Is an Insta-Obsession for the Anti-Selfie Set," 17 Apr. 2019 My new yellow Perry Ellis windbreaker blended in with the yellow floral wallpaper. Illyanna Maisonet, SFChronicle.com, "Bacalaitos as familial memory and penance," 5 July 2018 In the bathroom the black bead-like tiles rise up to a striking red floral wallpaper that on closer examination has images of security cameras. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gran Electrica in Napa: Mexican cuisine straight outta Brooklyn," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Apart from the modest price tag, this button-up dress comes in 25 different colors and patterns, from understated florals to bold geometric prints. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Reviewers Say That Everyone Needs This $23 Milumia Maxi Dress in Their Summer Closet," 16 May 2019 See Gucci’s garish floral suiting, Balenciaga’s Wonder Bread-sized shoes or the big-graphic, big-ticket hoodies from Off-White, also designed by Mr. Abloh. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Hottest New Fashion Trend for Men Is...Harnesses?," 11 Feb. 2019 Amouage, Imitation Woman For the last few seasons, the house of Amouage has been focused on light, high-femme florals. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018 Must-have styles this season include ruffles, ruching, florals, polka dots and textured fabric. Teen Vogue, "The 14 Best Spring Dresses Under $200," 5 Apr. 2019 The new Casbah blue colorway presents the pattern in a simple, blue-and-white palette, turning, well, flowery florals into a punchy pattern. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Floral Wallpaper for People Who Hate Florals," 19 Mar. 2019 The bridesmaids wore pink Whistles gowns with a tie back detail, paired with fresh flower crowns by Passion, who created all the wedding florals, a key focus for the couple. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Two Ultra-Stylish Brides Dreamed Up the Ultimate Countryside Wedding," 21 Feb. 2019 In the living room of Irene Neuwirth’s house on the Venice Canals in Los Angeles, the custom sectional is covered in a Schumacher floral, and the cocktail table is by Yves Klein. Jenni Konner, ELLE Decor, "Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth Takes Us Inside Her Eclectic Los Angeles Home," 13 July 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 How to pronounce floral (audio) \

Kids Definition of floral

: of or relating to flowers

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