flower

noun
flow·​er | \ ˈflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce flower (audio) \

Definition of flower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : bloom entry 2 sense 1b lilacs in full flower
2a : 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

flower

verb
flowered; flowering; flowers

Definition of flower (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : develop flowered into young womanhood
2 : to produce flowers : blossom

transitive verb

1 : to cause to bear flowers
2 : to decorate with flowers or floral designs

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Illustration of flower

Noun

cross section of flower 1b: 1 filament, 2 anther, 3 stigma, 4 style, 5 petal, 6 ovary, 7 sepal, 8 pedicel, 9 stamen, 10 pistil, 11 perianth

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Other Words from flower

Noun

flowered \ ˈflau̇(-​ə)rd How to pronounce flowered (audio) \ adjective
flowerful \ ˈflau̇(-​ə)r-​fəl How to pronounce flowerful (audio) \ adjective
flowerless \ ˈflau̇(-​ə)r-​ləs How to pronounce flowerless (audio) \ adjective
flowerlike \ ˈflau̇(-​ə)r-​ˌlīk How to pronounce flowerlike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

flowerer \ ˈflau̇(-​ə)r-​ər How to pronounce flowerer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for flower

Synonyms: Noun

bloom, blossom

Synonyms: Verb

bloom, blossom, blow, burgeon (also bourgeon), effloresce, unfold

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Examples of flower in a Sentence

Noun

We planted flowers in the garden. He sent her a bouquet of flowers. He wore a single flower in his lapel.

Verb

This tree flowers in early spring. The plant will flower every other year. His genius flowered at the university. a political movement that began to flower during the 1960s
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Library Foundation of Los Angeles (630 West 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-228-7500). Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Judith Krantz, Best-Selling Author and Journalist, Dies at 91," 23 June 2019 Some varieties of this rhizomatous perennial have unusual spring leaf color and showy spikes of flowers. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Minutes from downtown, a garden wonderland — and you can see it in July," 20 June 2019 In leiu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/19," 19 June 2019 In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of choice. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/19," 18 June 2019 Now, his fatal accident is remembered with bouquets of flowers at the site. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "How one fateful night has helped shape Michigan's Jordan Brewer," 17 June 2019 The design incorporates favorite love quotations from Shakespeare, along with stylized illustrations of flowers mentioned in his works (wildflowers, the Tudor rose), sprigs of berries, and bees. The Reader's Catalog, "Shakespeare Love Silk Chiffon Scarf," 17 June 2019 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Florida Hospice, 2201 Lake Lucerne Way, Suite, 100, Maitland, FL. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/16," 16 June 2019 Instead of flowers, donations may be sent to any of the above churches or to Insight for the Blind in Fort Lauderdale. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/16," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The revolutionary ideals of freedom and equality that flowered in Virginia had become twisted and gnarled. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "Virginia debated ending slavery after Nat Turner’s revolt," 14 June 2019 The backdrop is expansive gardens in full vernal splendor: 150 flowering cherry trees, alongside countless other flowers from daffodils to irises to 500,000 tulips. National Geographic, "Best places to see cherry blossoms in the U.S.," 1 Mar. 2019 There's also flowering Pokémon Gossifleur, which will be found in places with clean air and water. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Here's what we know about Pokemon Sword and Shield so far," 5 June 2019 If your air plant is flowering, skip submerging it and try rinsing it instead. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Air Plants," 25 Mar. 2019 Entering the backyard is like stepping into an English garden with perennials, flowering shade trees, brownstone pathways, a stone patio for picnicking and a fire pit. Karen A. Avitabile, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 93 Shunpike Road, Cromwell," 26 Oct. 2017 Keep Your Cucumbers Hydrated Provide plants with plenty of moisture, especially around the time the plant is flowering and fruiting. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 Peak bloom takes place when 70 percent of the trees in a certain area are flowering all at once—the trees in Washington D.C. just hit their peak bloom period this week, according to the Washington Post. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 The lake cores contain less forest pollen and more from grasses and flowering meadow plants, mixed with the spores of fungi that thrive on cattle dung. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of flower

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for flower

Noun and Verb

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

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flower

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of flower (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce flowers
: to develop or grow in a successful way

flower

noun
flow·​er | \ ˈflau̇-ər How to pronounce flower (audio) \

Kids Definition of flower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from flower

flowered \ -​ərd \ adjective
flowerless \ -​ər-​ləs \ adjective

flower

verb
flowered; flowering

Kids Definition of flower (Entry 2 of 2)

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