for·​get-me-not fər-ˈget-mē-ˌnät How to pronounce forget-me-not (audio)
: any of a genus (Myosotis) of small herbs of the borage family having usually bright blue or white flowers usually arranged in a curving spike

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Examples of forget-me-not in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blend of ginseng, rose, forget-me-nots, suede, and vanilla melds together for a skin scent like nothing else in my collection: warm, cozy, and addicting. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 13 Nov. 2023 The purple flower often smells of citrus, like orange blossom and honeysuckle, and looks akin to small, pointed clusters of forget-me-nots. Gia Yetikyel, Vogue, 25 Oct. 2023 The best flowers for pressing are ones that lie flat: violets, daises, poppies, pansies, cosmos, delphiniums, geraniums, forget-me-nots, and greenery. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 Daisy chains, forget-me-nots, celandine and scarlet pimpernel are all featured. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 28 July 2023 Her go-to designer incorporated flowers including daisy chains, forget-me-nots, celandine and scarlet pimpernel to signify Camilla's love of nature, gardening and the British countryside. Monique Jessen, Peoplemag, 13 July 2023 There's Siddal as Ophelia drowning in the lush riverbank among forget-me-nots, or as the poet Dante Alighieri's dying beloved, glowing with the ecstasy of reverie. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 8 May 2023 The long-sleeve dress is made from a silk fabric with a dull luster finish, and additionally includes delicate gold and silver embroidery of flowers like daisy chains, forget-me-nots, celandine, and scarlet pimpernel, which are meant to represent the king and queen consort's love of nature. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 May 2023 Harper's Bazaar noted that a variety of gold and silver flowers (including daisies, forget-me-nots, celandine and scarlet pimpernel) represented the king and queen's love for all things nature. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 7 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forget-me-not was in 1532

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“Forget-me-not.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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: any of a genus of small herbs with bright blue or white flowers

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