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[boh-key, boo- for 1, 2; boo-key or, occasionally, boh- for 3] /boʊˈkeɪ, bu- for 1, 2; buˈkeɪ or, occasionally, boʊ- for 3/
a bunch of flowers; nosegay.
a compliment:
The drama critics greeted her performance with bouquets.
the characteristic aroma of wines, liqueurs, etc.
Origin of bouquet
1710-20; < French: bunch, orig. thicket, grove; Old French bosquet, equivalent to bosc wood (< Germanic; see bosk, bush1) + -et -et
3. scent, odor, fragrance, perfume, nose. Unabridged
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  • She loosed the hand of her stage lover, and dropping a bouquet, held out two small hands to Ulick covered with violet powder.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • Meanwhile, Cis was parading, her bouquet clasped to her breast.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • The Crown Prince put down the bouquet, and proceeded to stand near the steersman.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I gave them to her up on the platform; 221it was a pyramid in a lace paper—the bouquet.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • Put at each end a bouquet of clams Newburg, and pour on each side of the omelet a little sauce Newburg.

British Dictionary definitions for bouquet


(bəʊˈkeɪ; buː-). a bunch of flowers, esp a large carefully arranged one
Also called nose (buːˈkeɪ). the characteristic aroma or fragrance of a wine or liqueur
a compliment or expression of praise
Word Origin
C18: from French: thicket, from Old French bosc forest, wood, probably of Germanic origin; see bush1
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Word Origin and History for bouquet

1716, introduced to English by Lady Mary Montague from French bouquet, originally "little wood," from Picard form of Old French bochet (14c.), diminutive of bosco, from Medieval Latin boscus "grove" (see bush (n.)).

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