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

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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 Neurons are like snowflakes; each has individual characteristics. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "How Do Athletes’ Brains Control Their Movements?," 13 Apr. 2018 According to Josh Gad, this snowflake provides several clues Josh Gad, aka Olaf, tweeted an image of the Frozen 2 teaser poster. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "Frozen 2: Everything You Need to Know," 14 Feb. 2019 To the music written as the coda of Tchaikovsky’s pas de deux (featuring a soft-shoe-wearing Young Drosselmeier and a barefoot Marie), Mr. Morris floods his stage with 12 pairs of subsidiary characters—toys, rats, snowflakes, flowers, party guests. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Hard Nut’ Review: A Refreshed Christmas Classic," 17 Dec. 2018 The Duchess also wore pumps by Aquazzura with a pair of snowflake earrings by Canadian jeweler Birks. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a White Theia Gown for a Welcome Reception in Tonga," 25 Oct. 2018 Differences in temperature and humidity can give rise to an infinite number of snowflake shapes. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 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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