- 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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Examples from the Web for blossomed
We did ThunderAnt stuff for ourselves and just put it online, and then it blossomed into something else.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Relationships that have blossomed via social media and the Internet can feel just as real as any tangible one.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn
October 18, 2014
There is an entire online community of Bronies that has blossomed out of the message boards and fan sites and into the real world.Inside the Bizarre World of ‘Bronies,’ Adult Male Fans of ‘My Little Pony’
May 1, 2014
The twins formed the Garden in 2011 as a "side project" that has now blossomed into a full-fledged career.Meet Saint Laurent's New Muses, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears
August 20, 2013
A decisive moment for the veteran political operative arrived after the full scope of the scandal had blossomed.‘That’s Their Case?!’ Says Startled John Edwards as Prosecutors Announce Final Witnesses
May 10, 2012
But the thought which had dimly haunted him that day blossomed on this evening.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
There had been a warm day, and the trees were clouds of green and more bushes had blossomed.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
No pains were taken with it, but it grew right along and blossomed freely.The Mayflower, January, 1905
A little patch of youth had blossomed in Grannie since the baby came.The Manxman
It blossomed in the sky over the bombers and in the middle of Red Flight.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin</p>
- 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 blossomed
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.