Definition of florid
- florid prose
- florid declamations
- a florid writer
- a florid interior
- a florid complexion
- a florid secret life
- a florid sensibility
- the florid stage of a disease
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a florid, gilded mirror that took up most of the wall
gave a florid speech in honor of the queen's visit
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When it first entered English "florid" was used with the literal meaning "covered with flowers." That use, though now obsolete, hints at the word's history. English speakers borrowed "florid" from the Latin adjective floridus ("blooming" or "flowery"), itself from the verb "florēre" ("to bloom"). "Florēre," which in turn comes from a Latin root meaning "flower," is also an ancestor of the words "flourish" and "florescence" ("a state or period of flourishing"). These days, "florid" can refer to an overblown style in speech, writing, or decoration. As such, its synonyms include "ornate," "rococo," and "overwrought."
First Known Use: 1651See Words from the same year
: very fancy or too fancy
: having a red or reddish color
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