- the flower of a plant, especially of one producing an edible fruit.
- the state of flowering: The apple tree is in blossom.
- 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.
Origin of blossom
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- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for blossom
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
November 19, 2014
My finger burned when it touched the blossom of lead embedded in the ceramic armor.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
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
October 11, 2014
The seeds Stewart has planted over the years have taken root and are starting to blossom.How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering
July 21, 2014
Degrassi High had a “found stash” episode in 1990, as did Blossom and Saved By the Bell in 1991.‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television
April 10, 2014
The new house was to be the garden in which she should blossom.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Not far from here ran Joseph's river, making the desert to blossom like the rose.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
What belief should be sown to blossom forth in a harvest of strength and peace?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
This was no soil for kindliness and affection to blossom in.White Fang
I also have in blossom an Abutilon and three Obconica Primulas.The Mayflower, January, 1905
- 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
Word Origin and History for blossom
c.1200, from Old English blostm, blostma "blossom, flower, fruit," from Proto-Germanic *blo-s- (cf. Middle Low German blosom, Dutch bloesem, German Blust), from PIE *bhlow-, extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). This is the native word, now largely superseded by bloom and flower.
late 14c., from Old English blostmian, from blostma "blossom, flower" (see blossom (n.)). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Blossomed; blossoming.