snow·​flake ˈsnō-ˌflāk How to pronounce snowflake (audio)
: a flake or crystal of snow
: any of a genus (Leucojum) of Old World bulbous plants of the amaryllis family
especially : one (L. vernum) resembling the snowdrop
informal + usually disparaging
: 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
: 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

Examples of snowflake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rain looks to move in from west to east around 9 to 11 a.m., perhaps briefly mixing with a spotty snowflake or sleet pellet north and west of D.C. at the onset. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2023 For a new spin on a personalized ornament, try this wooden one that looks like a snowflake but has your name inside. Katie Melynn, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2022 See all Example Sentences for snowflake 

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Word History

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowflake was in 1734

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“Snowflake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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snow·​flake ˈsnō-ˌflāk How to pronounce snowflake (audio)
: a flake or crystal of snow

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