florid

adjective flor·id \ ˈflȯr-əd , ˈflär- \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of florid

1 a obsolete : covered with flowers
b : very flowery in style : ornate
  • florid prose
  • florid declamations
; also : having a florid style
  • a florid writer
c : elaborately decorated
  • a florid interior
2 a : tinged with red : ruddy
  • a florid complexion
b : marked by emotional or sexual fervor
  • a florid secret life
  • a florid sensibility
3 archaic : healthy
4 : fully developed : manifesting a complete and typical clinical syndrome
  • the florid stage of a disease

floridity

play \flə-ˈri-də-tē, flȯ-\ noun

floridly

play \ˈflȯr-əd-lē, ˈflär-\ adverb

floridness

play \ˈflȯr-əd-nəs, ˈflär-\ noun

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Examples of florid in a Sentence

  1. a florid, gilded mirror that took up most of the wall

  2. gave a florid speech in honor of the queen's visit

Recent Examples of florid from the Web

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Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of florid

Latin floridus blooming, flowery, from florēre


FLORID Defined for English Language Learners

florid

adjective

Definition of florid for English Language Learners

  • : very fancy or too fancy

  • : having a red or reddish color


FLORID Defined for Kids

florid

adjective flor·id \ ˈflȯr-əd \

Definition of florid for Students

1 : very fancy or flowery in style
  • florid writing
2 : having a reddish color
  • a florid face

Medical Dictionary

florid

adjective flor·id \ ˈflȯr-əd, ˈflär- \

medical Definition of florid

: fully developed : manifesting a complete and typical clinical syndrome
  • florid hyperplasia

floridly

adverb


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