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

For example, the Christian Louboutin Paloma bag still features the same structural design and the brand’s signature red lining, but this latest iteration gets an embellished facelift with a sweet floral motif. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Only Buy These Handbags at Saks—And WE WANT THEM ALL," 8 Mar. 2019 Though the royal couple's outfits weren't exactly fluorescent, they were soon handed floral leis to brighten up their looks. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Reveals That She's Been Getting Up at 4:30 A.M. to Do Yoga," 19 Oct. 2018 Or Cannes jury member Elle Fanning’s exuberant wearing of a saccharine-sweet floral Valentino: overkill on anyone else, perfect on this youthful talent who knows her own mind. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Brie Larson, Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, and More of the Week’s Best Dressed Stars," 20 May 2019 Well, while others ripped their outfits off runways or wore custom gowns, Meghan Mullally purchased her Carolina Herrera sheer black look with floral detailing online. Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Tracee Ellis Ross leads parade of pink on Emmys carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 His whites—rkatsiteli and mtsvane—are rustic yet remarkably complex with a long, floral finish. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Georgian Wine Country," 5 Sep. 2018 The paper’s progressively sparser floral pattern opens the room to an imaginary sky. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "The Cultish Home That Draws Fans of Americana Design," 3 Aug. 2018 Guests are encouraged to take part in the fashion and arrive in style wearing their favorite festive fascinator, robust hat, or flowing floral. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Watch the royal wedding in British high style at this Oakland County hotel," 3 May 2018 Elsewhere, in some glamorous bathroom (with a Venus razor lingering on the tub!), Elle Fanning looked ever the lovely lady in a floral print dress with two silk ribbons in her hair. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Solange Wears a Naked Dress, SJP Is Shining," 4 May 2019

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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 One leans a little more posh and minimal, while the other is a little bit sportier and sexier—but together, the brand hits just the right amount flashy; a little '80s, with some florals, some bold colors, and a little glitz. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Attico x Re/Done is the Hottest Collaboration of the Summer," 15 May 2019 Self-Portrait fans will instantly recognize the brand's DNA in the bikinis and one pieces: graphic pastels, bright feminine florals, and shades of terracotta. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2019," 21 Mar. 2019 ELLE Decor: What fueled your passion for florals and flower arranging? Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Celebrity Florist Brings Flowers into the Home for Spring," 19 Mar. 2019 Guests check in at a reception desk decorated with Mexican Lucha Libre wrestler masks and rooms featuring chintz florals and wainscoting hand-painted with geometric designs. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Why Winter Is the Most Inspiring Time to Visit Majorca," 25 Dec. 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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