snowflake

noun snow·flake \ ˈsnō-ˌflāk \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

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

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First Known Use of snowflake

1734

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SNOWFLAKE Defined for English Language Learners

snowflake

Definition of snowflake for English Language Learners

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


SNOWFLAKE Defined for Kids

snowflake

noun snow·flake \ ˈsnō-ˌflāk \

Definition of snowflake for Students

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


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