flo·​rist ˈflȯr-ist How to pronounce florist (audio)
: a person who sells or grows for sale flowers and ornamental plants
floristry noun

Examples of florist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the two-year anniversary of the crash, Gilbert was there with her sister, who went to a local florist and had six yellow flowers made to lay out at the plaque. Zaeem Shaikh, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2023 As was the case with the previous antisemitic vandalism, Nazi swastikas were the graffiti of choice painted on the walls of the florist’s building. Warren Kulo |, al, 10 Aug. 2023 Use florists wire to secure all three bundles together. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 Ancona works with local photographers, florists, chocolatiers, cheesemakers and bakers to create that perfect picnic at sunset. Claire Turrell, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2023 The musical, which centers on a hapless florist, Seymour, his co-worker, Audrey, and their discovery of a carnivorous plant, first premiered off-Broadway in 1982. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Aug. 2023 The wedding’s florist, A Lily Among Thorns, executed the design according to Ms. Ledezma-Rebollo’s instructions. Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2023 Carnations are also one of the most durable flowers and are unsung heroes in floral arrangements, says Lauren Hill, an Atlanta florist and owner of Full Bloom by Lauren. Brittany Anas, House Beautiful, 29 June 2023 Beauty, nail salons, tailors, dry cleaners, pet stores, veterinarians’ offices, bakeries, florists and a tire store fill out the mix on the north side of the street. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


earlier, "one expert at growing flowers, one knowledgeable about flowers," from Latin flōr-, flōs flower entry 1 + -ist entry 1

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of florist was in 1781

Cite this Entry

“Florist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


flo·​rist ˈflōr-əst How to pronounce florist (audio)
: a person who sells flowers and ornamental plants

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