Definition of flower in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflou(ə)r/


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1The seed-bearing part of a plant, consisting of reproductive organs (stamens and carpels) that are typically surrounded by a brightly colored corolla (petals) and a green calyx (sepals).
Example sentences
  • The pistil and the stamen of the flowers are the specialized organs responsible for the reproductive processes.
  • I didn't see anything but green plants, brightly coloured flowers, and brown earth.
  • Unisexual flowers with three white petals produce numerous stamens or carpels and both present floral nectar.
bloom, blossom, floweret, floret
1.1A brightly colored and conspicuous example of the flower of a plant together with its stalk, typically used with others as a decoration or gift: I stopped to buy Bridget some flowers
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  • The simplicity of a ribbon-tied bunch of long stalk flowers is absolutely alluring.
  • C'mon lads, when was the last time you bought a bunch of flowers?
  • She often goes there to buy fresh flowers to decorate her big residence.
1.2The state or period in which a plant’s flowers have developed and opened: the roses were just coming into flower
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  • Bulbs planted late in winter come into flower in early summer.
  • Tubers were harvested on August 17, just as the plants were coming into flower and before the tubers were fully mature.
  • And every summer the threat to livestock increases as the plant comes into flower in its millions.
2 (the flower of) The finest individuals out of a number of people or things: the flower of college track athletes
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  • ‘Of course I would forgive you, you are my youngest daughter, the flower of our family,’ Christiana cried.
  • From a country with only 3.5 million people, the troops - the flower of Albania's youth - represent the best Albania has to offer.
  • For the resurrection of this Isis, the Simphonie du Marais spared no effort, bringing together some excellent players and the flower of French Baroque singing.
best, finest, pick, choice, cream, crème de la crème, elite
2.1The period of optimum development: a young policeman in the flower of his life gunned down
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  • Only an instant before a son, a husband, a father, a proud, strong man in the flower of youth, and now only food for the birds of the air and the wild dogs which prowl the edges of the battlefield.
  • Just as these young men and women were in the flower of their youth.
  • In the translation of W.D. Ross, it ‘supervenes as the bloom of youth does on those in the flower of their age’.


[no object]
1(Of a plant) produce flowers; bloom: these daisies can flower as late as October
More example sentences
  • The tired, sun-burnt hills of summer have awoken with a new, hopeful greenness and the catalpa trees are flowering with huge white orchid-like flowers in the village squares.
  • The daffodils and the cherry trees flowering in the spring are the most popular feature on postcards or calendars, but the Gardens are worth visiting in all seasons.
  • In some cases, the name simply implies that the species flowers earlier than other similar plants.
1.1 [with object] Induce (a plant) to produce flowers.
2Be in or reach an optimum stage of development; develop fully and richly: it is there that the theory of deconstruction has flowered most extravagantly (as noun flowering) the flowering of Viennese intellectual life
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  • Since then, it has flowered into a dynamic forum to access, understand, and research the rapidly mushrooming field of Indian Literature in English, as well as to translate regional literature.
  • The naughty twinkle she displayed in films such as Ghostbusters has flowered into a comic touch that knows no fear of shame.
  • If this was meant as an insult, it soon flowered into prophesy.



Pronunciation: /ˈflou(ə)rləs/
Example sentences
  • The twigs are leafless and flowerless; the shape of the background canvas is not ‘golden’.
  • We paired it up with a floral top because in the bleak mid-winter there is nothing quite so depressing as the flowerless landscape.
  • The surplus is stored away in the honeycomb to sustain the bees throughout the flowerless months of autumn and winter.


Pronunciation: /-ˌlīk/
Example sentences
  • The geographical coordinates are beamed to airplanes carrying the smart bombs; the bombs explode and shower, not explosives, but small, flower-like packages containing assorted bits of Americana.
  • The next year, they are replaced by other flower-like faces which, the previous season, still belonged to little girls.
  • Then I can just pop up in an immediate flower-like state and join the others without anyone noticing.


Middle English flour, from Old French flour, flor, from Latin flos, flor-. The original spelling was no longer in use by the late 17th century except in its specialized sense 'ground grain' (see flour).

  • Despite the big difference in meaning, flower and flour are the same word. In Middle English flower was spelt ‘flour’, but by the 17th century this spelling was limited to the specialized sense of ‘ground grain’. Flour developed from the meaning ‘flower’ or ‘best part of something’. It was then used for ‘the finest quality of ground wheat’, and from this developed the sense we have today. The word comes through French from a Latin root which also gives us flora and flourish ( see faun).

Words that rhyme with flower

bower, cower, devour, dower, embower, empower, endower, flour, gaur, Glendower, glower, hour, lour, lower, our, plougher (US plower), power, scour, shower, sour, Stour, sweet-and-sour, tower

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Syllabification: flow·er

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