Definition of florid
1a obsolete : covered with flowersb : very flowery in style : ornate florid prose florid declamations; also : having a florid style a florid writerc : elaborately decorated a florid interior
2a : tinged with red : ruddy a florid complexionb : 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
floridityplay \flə-ˈri-də-tē, flȯ-\ noun
floridlyplay \ˈflȯr-əd-lē, ˈflär-\ adverb
floridnessplay \ˈflȯr-əd-nəs, ˈflär-\ noun
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Examples of florid in a Sentence
a florid, gilded mirror that took up most of the wall
gave a florid speech in honor of the queen's visit
Recent Examples of florid from the Web
An even better companion piece for living-room double bills might be Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and not just because both the latter and this film star Joaquin Phoenix in florid form.
Scurvy’s florid mental symptoms compounded its mysteries.
This score shows Rossini balancing the florid Italianate bel canto style with pioneering dramatic grandeur, setting the stage for the French grand opera era.
Puccini kept his librettists on a short leash, and Illica’s more florid literary ideas tended to fall by the wayside.
Of the traditional Big Three newscasts, his is invariably the most purple--florid where Brokaw is terse and Jennings languid.
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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
First Known Use: 1651
FLORID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of florid for English Language Learners
: very fancy or too fancy
: having a red or reddish color
FLORID Defined for Kids
Definition of florid for Students
1 : very fancy or flowery in style florid writing
2 : having a reddish color a florid face
Medical Definition of florid
: fully developed : manifesting a complete and typical clinical syndrome florid hyperplasia
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