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

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Some areas, such as Bonney Lake, saw snowflakes Tuesday night, but most regions experienced the precipitation as good, old-fashioned rain. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Don’t worry, Seattle: Snow isn’t likely this week, despite earlier warning," 20 Feb. 2019 Sharon Rosenberg, 35, a lifelong Tallahassee resident, and her children caught snowflakes on their tongues and made small snowballs. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Rare ice and snow snarl Southeast while New England braces for 'bomb cyclone'," 3 Jan. 2018 Autumn's earliest snowflakes have been logged twice, traces on Sept. 25 in 1928 and again in 1942. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: How often does it snow in Chicago in May?," 13 Apr. 2018 Coastal flooding was possible in New England, and heavy, wet snowflakes were expected to place power lines in peril. Rick Rojas, New York Times, "Second Storm of the Week Dumps Snow and Cripples Transit," 7 Mar. 2018 Museum events Holidays of Play at PacSci FRI-SUN Special programs for all ages, winter science shows, build a snowflake, Winter Sky Planetarium shows, snow activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Swedish pancake breakfast, Puyallup Home & Garden Show, ice-skating," 2 Jan. 2019 So, yes, by all means Google’s millennial snowflakes should get back to work coding accuracy-boosting software into our nations’s weapons. WSJ, "More Accurate Better Bombs and Sparing Human Shields," 10 Aug. 2018 Yet eyeballs, snowflakes, quantum physics and birth (along with many other things) are magic and habitual. New York Times, "Samantha Hunt: By the Book," 21 June 2018 As former Trump White House associates continue to fall like snowflakes on a winter day in the Mueller investigation, the wildly sunny White House Christmas portrait might be another attempt to keep spirits looking bright. Vogue, "What's Up With This Year's Surreal White House Christmas Portrait?," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of snowflake

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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