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floruit Syllabification: flo·ru·it
Pronunciation: /ˈflôr(y)əwət/
(abbreviation: fl. or flor.)

Definition of floruit in English:


Used in conjunction with a specified period or set of dates to indicate when a particular historical figure lived, worked, or was most active.
Example sentences
  • The principal German type was the three- or four-voice Tenorlied, which floruited c 1450- c 1550.
  • Something by Gough should be out of copyright (he was floruiting during WWI).
  • Pherekydes, floruit ca. 440, provides the first attestation of this version of the myth, though it may have existed prior to this date.


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The period during which a historical figure lived or worked: they place Nicander’s floruit in the middle of the 2nd century bc
More example sentences
  • Born perhaps c. 575-570 (Eusebius gives his floruit as 536 / 5), he probably joined in the foundation of Abdera in Thrace by the Teans fleeing before the threat of the Persian general Harpagus in 545.
  • Zeuxis' floruit is given by Pliny as 397 bc, but Plato portrays him as young and newly arrived in Athens c. 430.


Mid 19th century: Latin, literally 'he or she flourished'.

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