Definition of deflower in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈflou(ə)r/


[with object]
1 dated or literary Deprive (a woman) of her virginity.
Example sentences
  • But modern tales about an older man deflowering a girl take a gauzier view: Often the girl does the seducing, and the affair leads to her empowerment.
  • So, she devises an incredibly complex scheme that requires Phillippe to deflower many virgins.
  • The count plots to exercise his droit de seigneur, the right of titled men to deflower the brides of lesser folk.
2 (usually as adjective deflowered) Strip (a plant or garden) of flowers: deflowered rose bushes


Late Middle English: from Old French desflourer, from a variant of late Latin deflorare, from de- (expressing removal) + Latin flos, flor- 'a flower'.

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Syllabification: de·flow·er

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