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

Examples of snowflake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the lobby’s towering vintage photo collage lives alongside a large-scale sculptural chandelier reminiscent of a gleaming snowflake. Alia Akkam, Robb Report, 20 July 2021 Researchers are finding that not everyone has the same symptoms, making each patient like a snowflake, unique and in uncharted territory. Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 Quavo nuzzling and talking about the DM — a snowflake emoji — that started their relationship. Hunter Harris, Vulture, 7 July 2021 The signature snowflake hands are filled with Super-LumiNova. Carol Besler, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Suddenly, a snowflake moray eel named Qani heaves its muscled bucatini of a body out of the water and onto the ramp. New York Times, 22 June 2021 The standard pickup driver is going to be the hardest car owner to convince that an EV is worth having, and not just liberal snowflake eco-nonsense. James Morris, Forbes, 22 May 2021 Komarechka also takes a different approach to illumination, using light reflected off a snowflake, while Myhrvold's images capture light passing through. Kenneth Chang, Star Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021 On Wednesday, fair officials also unveiled a new logo that incorporates the fair's six-color snowflake logo that's been in use since 1972. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of snowflake

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snowflake was in 1734

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29 Jul 2021

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“Snowflake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snowflake

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


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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