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bouquet

Syllabification: bou·quet
Pronunciation: /bōˈkā
 
, bo͞oˈkā
 
/

Definition of bouquet in English:

noun

1An attractively arranged bunch of flowers, especially one presented as a gift or carried at a ceremony.
Example sentences
  • I was presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers, given a gift voucher to spend and someone took me round the store in a wheelchair.
  • As a symbol of the temple's gratitude Her Majesty was presented with a large bouquet of flowers and a ceremonial sword.
  • All three were presented with bouquets of flowers.
Synonyms
bunch of flowers, posy, nosegay, spray, corsage, boutonniere
1.1An expression of approval; a compliment: we will happily publish the bouquets
More example sentences
  • Use the comments function to throw bouquets and brickbats, if you feel like it.
  • ‘We have learnt to live with the bouquets and brickbats, which we realise to be part of our occupational hazard’, he adds.
  • After all the bouquets must come the brickbats.
Synonyms
compliment, commendation, tribute, accolade;
praise, congratulations, applause
2A characteristic scent, especially that of a wine or perfume: the aperitif has a faint bouquet of almonds champagnes have a delicacy of bouquet
More example sentences
  • The fact that esters are formed at different rates, some of them reaching equilibrium only after decades, helps to explain the changes in wine aroma and bouquet during ageing.
  • As a precaution, I had scented toilet paper stuffed up my nose, but the bouquet still came on like a rotten gauntlet across the snout.
  • The great outdoors murders a fine wine's bouquet and strong-tasting barbecue fare ruins the restrained, delicate flavours of expensive bottles.
Synonyms

Origin

early 18th century: from French (earlier 'clump of trees'), from a dialect variant of Old French bos 'wood'. sense 2 dates from the mid 19th century.

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  • ambush from (Middle English):

    Ambush is from Old French embusche, based on late Latin inboscare from ‘in’ and boscus ‘wood’ also source of bush (Middle English) and bosky (late 16th century). It also gave French bouquet ‘clump of trees’, which entered English meaning ‘bunch of flowers’. The use of bouquet for the aroma from wine dates from the mid 19th century.

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