1

flower

noun flow·er \ ˈflau̇(-ə)r \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of flower

1 a : the specialized part of an angiospermous plant that occurs singly or in clusters, possesses whorls of often colorful petals or sepals, and bears the reproductive structures (such as stamens or pistils) involved in the development of seeds and fruit : blossom
b : a cluster of small flowers growing closely together that resembles and is often viewed as a single flower : inflorescence
  • a hydrangea flower
c : a plant grown or valued for its flowers
  • planted flowers in the front yard
d : a cut stem of a plant with its flower
  • a bouquet of flowers
e : 2bloom 1b
  • lilacs in full flower
2 a : the best part or example
  • the flower of our youth
b : the finest most vigorous period
  • wasted the flower of their lives
c : a state of blooming or flourishing
  • in full flower
3 flowers plural : a finely divided powder produced especially by condensation or sublimation
  • flowers of sulfur

flowered

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)rd\ adjective

flowerful

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-fəl\ adjective

flowerless

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-ləs\ adjective

flowerlike

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of flower in a Sentence

  1. We planted flowers in the garden.

  2. He sent her a bouquet of flowers.

  3. He wore a single flower in his lapel.

Recent Examples of flower from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flower.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Illustration of flower

Origin and Etymology of flower

Middle English flour flower, best of anything, flour, from Anglo-French flur, flour, flaur, from Latin flor-, flos — more at blow

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


2

flower

verb

Definition of flower

intransitive verb
1 a : develop
  • flowered into young womanhood
b : flourish 2
2 : to produce flowers : blossom
transitive verb
1 : to cause to bear flowers
2 : to decorate with flowers or floral designs

flowerer

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-ər\ noun

Examples of flower in a Sentence

  1. This tree flowers in early spring.

  2. The plant will flower every other year.

  3. His genius flowered at the university.

  4. a political movement that began to flower during the 1960s

Recent Examples of flower from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flower.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of flower

flower Synonyms

Synonyms
blossom, blow, burgeon (also bourgeon), effloresce, bloom, unfold
Related Words
leaf, leave; bud; open
Near Antonyms
dry up, fade, shrivel, wilt, wither; die, drop, expire, perish


FLOWER Defined for English Language Learners

flower

noun

Definition of flower for English Language Learners

  • : the part of a plant that is often brightly colored, that usually lasts a short time, and from which the seed or fruit develops

  • : a small plant that is grown for its beautiful flowers

  • : a cut stem of a plant with its flower


flower

verb

Definition of flower for English Language Learners

  • : to produce flowers

  • : to develop or grow in a successful way


FLOWER Defined for Kids

1

flower

noun flow·er \ ˈflau̇-ər \

Definition of flower for Students

1 : a plant part that produces seed
2 : a small plant grown chiefly for its showy flowers
3 : the state of bearing flowers
  • in full flower
4 : the best part or example
  • in the flower of youth

flowered

\-ərd\ adjective

flowerless

\-ər-ləs\ adjective

2

flower

verb

Definition of flower for Students

flowered; flowering
: 2bloom 1


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up flower? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or being an oracle

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman-tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!