Definition of nosegay in English:


Syllabification: nose·gay
Pronunciation: /ˈnōzˌgā


  • A small bunch of flowers, typically one that is sweet-scented.
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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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