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 Elevate it with classic red ball ornaments or white snowflake ornaments. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2022 What little girl wouldn't want a DIY Frozen costume, especially with this stunning DIY skirt and snowflake cape? Amy Mitchell, Country Living, 30 Aug. 2022 Instead of a classic Christmas wreath, dress up your front door with a vintage sifter that's been stitched with a darling snowflake. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2022 Some other attractions for Christmas 2022 at Crocker Park will include the holiday express train, the walk-through ornament and the snowflake garden. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2022 And, just like a fingerprint or a snowflake, no two IP addresses are exactly the same. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 13 July 2022 Frost Town's logo is a conceptual snowflake with six diamonds representing Houston's six wards. Emma Balter, Chron, 27 June 2022 Lizzo's handling of offensive lyric a stark contrast to the 'Suck it up, snowflake' crowd. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 The waffles are usually 'stamped' from a mould shaped like a snowflake or a flower. Julia Buckley, CNN, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snowflake

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Sep 2022

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“Snowflake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for snowflake


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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