flow·​er·​ing | \ ˈflau̇(-ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce flowering (audio) \

Definition of flowering

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : producing or bearing flowers a flowering cactus a flowering branch : capable of producing flowers a collection of flowering plants flowering trees
2 : covered with or full of flowers a flowering meadow



Definition of flowering (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or state of producing flowers : the period during which a plant produces flowers the flowering of the iris a plant that should be pruned only when flowering ends Early flowering was followed by heat waves in July and August …— James Suckling
2 : an unfolding or development the gradual flowering of his talent : a flourishing state or period of new development or growth … when Christians, Muslims and Jews lived and worked together in peace and friendship, producing a rare flowering of art, science and commerce.— Liesl Schillinger … the theatre is a wonderful testimony to the city's artistic flowering in the era of art nouveau.— Robert Fox

First Known Use of flowering


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flowering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flowering. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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