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[flawr-uh l, flohr-] /ˈflɔr əl, ˈfloʊr-/
pertaining to or consisting of flowers:
floral decoration.
of or relating to floras or a flora.
something, as a fabric, garment, wallpaper, or household item, having a floral pattern:
Let's replace these drapes with florals.
Origin of floral
1640-50; < Latin Flōrālis pertaining to Flōra. See flora, -al1
Related forms
florally, adverb Unabridged
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  • I skipped about among the floral tributes while he was talking.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • There was always at least one good sermon,—this floral homily.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
  • Four times a year these iron gates are opened by the authorities, and wreaths and other floral offerings are deposited therein.

    Dorothy's Tour Evelyn Raymond
  • Morren spoke of this displacement of the floral organs as "speiranthie."

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • The floral decoration soon extended to the entablature, increasing the number and dimensions of its minor members.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
British Dictionary definitions for floral


decorated with or consisting of flowers or patterns of flowers
of, relating to, or associated with flowers: floral leaves
Derived Forms
florally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for floral

1640s, "pertaining to Flora," from French floral (16c.), from Latin floralis "of flowers" (see flora). Meaning "pertaining to flowers" is from 1753.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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