- 1An attractively arranged bunch of flowers, especially one presented as a gift or carried at a ceremony.More 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.
- 1.1An expression of approval; a compliment: we will happily publish the bouquets and brickbatsMore 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.
- 2The characteristic scent of a wine or perfume: the aperitif has a faint bouquet of almondsMore 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.
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.