Blossom definition

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the flower of a plant, especially of one producing an edible fruit.

the state of flowering: The apple tree is in blossom.

verb (used without object)

Botany. to produce or yield blossoms.

to flourish; develop (often followed by into or out): a writer of commercial jingles who blossomed out into an important composer.

(of a parachute) to open.


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Origin of blossom

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun blosme, blossem, Old English blōstm(a),blōsma “flower”; cognate with Middle Dutch bloesem, Middle Low German blosem, blossem; see bloom1, blow3


blos·som·less,adjectiveblos·som·y,adjectiveoutblossom,verb (used with object)re·blos·som,verb (used without object)


Words nearby blossom

bloop, blooper, Bloor, blootered, bloquiste, blossom, blossom-end rot, blossom into, blot, blot analysis, blotch

Other definitions for blossom (2 of 2)



a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to blossom

bloom, unfold, burgeon, prosper, develop, succeed, mature, grow, thrive, efflorescence, spike, floret, posy, bud, floweret, inflorescence, shoot, blow, effloresce, leaf

How to use blossom in a sentence

  • These sesame blossoms are inspired by that classic, as well as Syrian barazek, which you can find in many Middle Eastern bakeries, especially ones specializing in western Mediterranean cuisine.

    Tahini stands in for peanut butter in these nostalgic sesame blossoms|Kathryn Pauline|December 2, 2020|Washington Post

  • The right mix can help a cactus blossom, a peperomia propagate, or philodendron grow long enough to vine up a trellis.

    Indoor potting mixes for a thriving houseplant jungle|PopSci Commerce Team|September 24, 2020|Popular-Science

  • Within two or three weeks, the stalks swell into a multitude of meadow-grasses and blossoms as tall as my waist, fragrant and enveloping.

    What the Meadow Teaches Us - Issue 90: Something Green|Andreas Weber|September 16, 2020|Nautilus

  • Usually, when the moth smells the unaltered floral fragrance, it flies upwind and uses its long, skinny mouthparts to probe the tube the way that it would a blossom.

    This moth may outsmart smog by learning to like pollution-altered aromas|Carmen Drahl|September 11, 2020|Science News

  • Drones that blow pollen-laden bubbles onto blossoms could someday help farmers pollinate their crops.

    Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination|Maria Temming|June 22, 2020|Science News

  • Mayim Bialik and the cast of Blossom Charming family moment, or the beginning of a “Very Special Episode” of Blossom?

    The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic|Kevin Fallon|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • My finger burned when it touched the blossom of lead embedded in the ceramic armor.

    I Shot Bin Laden|Elliot Ackerman|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • What Newman brought to the screen, what allowed him to blossom, was his ability to make Hud and Harper and Fast Eddie so familiar.

    The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70|Peter Richmond|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • An orange blossom of flame exploded on our screens as a new reality dawned.

    The Resilient City: New York After 9/11|John Avlon|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Sinatra left for Tokyo in April 1962, perfect for cherry-blossom time.

    Frank Sinatra and the Birth of the Jet Set|William Stadiem|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • When they shall rush in unto Jacob, Israel shall blossom and bud, and they shall fill the face of the world with seed.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various

  • Her head, set off by her dainty white gown, suggested a rich, rare blossom.

    The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin

  • It will not long pause anywhere, and it easily leaves each blossom for a better.

    The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock

  • He had lost the dream that Tony but tended a blossom, the fruit of which would come sweetly to his plucking afterwards.

    The Wave|Algernon Blackwood

  • The leaf is small and light green, and it is quite (p. 384) a showy plant when in blossom.

    Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce|E. R. Billings.

British Dictionary definitions for blossom


the flower or flowers of a plant, esp conspicuous flowers producing edible fruit

the time or period of flowering (esp in the phrases in blossom, in full blossom)


(of plants) to come into flower

to develop or come to a promising stageyouth had blossomed into maturity

Derived forms of blossom

blossoming, noun, adjectiveblossomless, adjectiveblossomy, adjective

Word Origin for blossom

Old English blōstm; related to Middle Low German blōsem, Latin flōs flower

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


Meaning of blossom in English

cherry blossom

This festival has a feature of illuminating the cherryblossom trees at night.



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lotus blossom

The top of the plaque shows a pair of sphinxes flanking a lotusblossom and framed by two date palms.



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orange blossom

Orangeblossom essence is an important component in the making of perfume.



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The flowering part of a plant or tree that will form the seeds or fruit is called a blossom and synonyms include bloom and flower. The noun can also refer to the state of such flowering. You shouldn't miss cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C.

As a verb, blossom means to produce flowers. Your favorite time of year may be spring, when all the trees blossom and the air is perfumed with their scent. The verb blossom also means to begin to flourish and develop. If you are a teenager, you might be waiting to blossom and feel confident in your personality and grow into your gangly limbs.

Definitions of blossom

  1. noun

    reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
    synonyms:bloom, flower
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    floret, floweret

    a diminutive flower (especially one that is part of a composite flower)

    apetalous flower

    flower having no petals


    the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk

    ray floret, ray flower

    small flower with a flat strap-shaped corolla usually occupying the peripheral rings of a composite flower


    a partially opened flower


    the flower of a chrysanthemum plant

    flower head

    a shortened compact cluster of flowers so arranged that the whole gives the effect of a single flower as in clover or members of the family Compositae

    ament, catkin

    a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence


    the bud of a rose


    flat-topped or rounded inflorescence characteristic of the family Umbelliferae in which the individual flower stalks arise from about the same point; youngest flowers are at the center


    flat-topped or convex inflorescence in which the individual flower stalks grow upward from various points on the main stem to approximately the same height; outer flowers open first

    flower cluster

    an inflorescence consisting of a cluster of flowers


    more or less flat-topped cluster of flowers in which the central or terminal flower opens first


    (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis

    type of:
    reproductive structure

    the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction

  2. verb

    produce or yield flowers
    synonyms:bloom, flower
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    burst forth, effloresce

    come into or as if into flower

    type of:

    grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

  3. verb

    develop or come to a promising stage

    “Youth blossomed into maturity”

    synonyms:blossom forth, blossom out, unfold
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    grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

  4. noun

    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
    synonyms:bloom, efflorescence, flower, flush, heyday, peak, prime
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