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

The flowers are a lavender/blue or white and are followed by bright yellow berries. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "The top hot-weather plants for color in the San Antonio garden," 7 June 2019 Still, the station turned up the publicity machine for her, meeting Chapman at the Portland airport with cameras and a barrage of flowers. oregonlive.com, "KGW anchor’s colloquial language (and local clown ignorance) sparked outrage during 1975 Rose Fest parade," 7 June 2019 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (lls.org). sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/6," 6 June 2019 In lieu of flowers, Tom wanted donations to be made to the Houck Scholarship Fund at his beloved Christian Home and Bible School. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/7," 6 June 2019 Inside, Donna’s love of flowers meshes with her artistic talents. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville couple refurbished their Victorian home to highlight historic touches," 6 June 2019 Arkansas Mountain Home: The Baxter County Courthouse square now sports new blue-and-gold banners and hanging baskets of flowers thanks to the beautification efforts of two local groups. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 2019 Incredible flowers and items collected from her parents' travels around the world were always a must for each setting, and Tory shares their passion for distinctive pieces. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "Now You Can Decorate Your Summer Table with Tory Burch," 30 Apr. 2019 Photographers caught her in another cute exchange with two young attendees who appeared to be giving her a bouquet of flowers for her birthday. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Had a Sweet Moment With the Queen at Easter Service," 21 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The red and green and yellow lights flowered in the moist fog. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Five Early Lessons in Parenting," 5 May 2018 Some varieties of raspberries require as many as 800 hours of chill before flowering and producing fruit. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Despite mild winter, Treasure Valley fruit trees likely are doing OK | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 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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