snowflake

noun
snow·​flake | \ ˈsnō-ˌflāk How to pronounce snowflake (audio) \

Definition of snowflake

1 : a flake or crystal of snow
2 : any of a genus (Leucojum) of Old World bulbous plants of the amaryllis family especially : one (L. vernum) resembling the snowdrop

3 informal + usually disparaging

a : someone regarded or treated as unique or special … proclaim that parents need a way for their precious snowflakes to escape failing schools.— Harold Cook Baseball, like no other sport, has stats that make a special snowflake out of every player.— Ben Rowen
b : someone who is overly sensitive One side derides the youth driving the movement as snowflakes and social justice warriors, too sensitive and too politically correct.— Vanessa McCray We are not delicate creatures. We are not snowflakes.— Rosie DiManno

First Known Use of snowflake

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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snowflake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snowflake

: a small, soft piece of frozen water that falls from the sky as snow : a flake of snow

snowflake

noun
snow·​flake | \ ˈsnō-ˌflāk How to pronounce snowflake (audio) \

Kids Definition of snowflake

: a single snow crystal : a small mass of snow crystals

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