Definition of bouquet in English:


Line breaks: bou|quet
Pronunciation: /bʊˈkeɪ
, bəʊˈkeɪ
, ˈbʊkeɪ


1An attractively arranged bunch of flowers, especially one presented as a gift or carried at a ceremony.
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  • I was presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers, given a gift voucher to spend and someone took me round the store in a wheelchair.
  • As a symbol of the temple's gratitude Her Majesty was presented with a large bouquet of flowers and a ceremonial sword.
  • All three were presented with bouquets of flowers.
bunch of flowers, posy, nosegay, spray, sprig;
wreath, garland, chaplet, corsage, buttonhole;
1.1An expression of approval; a compliment: we will happily publish the bouquets and brickbats
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  • Use the comments function to throw bouquets and brickbats, if you feel like it.
  • ‘We have learnt to live with the bouquets and brickbats, which we realise to be part of our occupational hazard’, he adds.
  • After all the bouquets must come the brickbats.
2The characteristic scent of a wine or perfume: the aperitif has a faint bouquet of almonds
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  • The fact that esters are formed at different rates, some of them reaching equilibrium only after decades, helps to explain the changes in wine aroma and bouquet during ageing.
  • As a precaution, I had scented toilet paper stuffed up my nose, but the bouquet still came on like a rotten gauntlet across the snout.
  • The great outdoors murders a fine wine's bouquet and strong-tasting barbecue fare ruins the restrained, delicate flavours of expensive bottles.


early 18th century: from French (earlier 'clump of trees'), from a dialect variant of Old French bos 'wood'. sense 2 dates from the mid 19th century.

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