Definition of nosegay in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnəʊzɡeɪ/


A small bunch of flowers, typically one that is sweet-scented: a nosegay worn at the waist or bodice
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  • The procession stopped outside the church, where the prisoners received a nosegay of flowers, and stopped at a tavern or two later along the route so they could enjoy a final pint of ale.
  • A uniformed man just inside the entry handed them each a small nosegay of flowers from a large wicker basket next to him.
  • Cut fresh flowers from the garden and make up little nosegays for each table.


Late Middle English: from nose + gay in the obsolete sense 'ornament'.

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