flo·​ret ˈflȯr-ət How to pronounce floret (audio)
: a small flower
especially : one of the small flowers forming the head of a composite plant
: a cluster of flower buds separated from a head especially when used as food
broccoli florets

Examples of floret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the quinoa steams, toss some sweet potato cubes and broccoli florets with olive oil and salt on a sheet pan. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, cut your cauliflower into florets (large ones do just fine here). Sara Franklin, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Once the lentils are tender, cauliflower florets are added to cook until soft, then the mixture is pureed until smooth. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 In the video, the beauty influencer takes a broccoli floret and dabs it in concealer. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 That quick warmup is followed by a stellar run: The chicken is flipped, broccoli florets get tucked all around and a sweet citrus sauce with the slightest habanero kick drenches the mix. Pati Jinich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2024 With hints of lavender, iris and violet florets (alongside notes of bergamot and zesty spices of cardamom) the vibrant and citrusy perfume is the perfect spring scent. Anna Tingley, Variety, 22 Jan. 2024 Slice 2 pounds broccoli into florets and add them to a large bowl. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 19 Oct. 2023 Chop the stalks into 1-inch pieces, or whatever is called for in your recipe, then chop the head of the broccoli into individual florets. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English flourette, borrowed from Anglo-French floret, florette, from flour, flur flower entry 1 + -et, -ette -et entry 1

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of floret was in 1671

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Cite this Entry

“Floret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floret. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


flo·​ret ˈflōr-ət How to pronounce floret (audio)
: a small flower
especially : one of the small flowers forming the head of a daisy and related plants

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