- a small flower.
- Botany. one of the closely clustered small flowers that make up the flower head of a composite flower, as the daisy.
- one of the tightly clustered divisions of a head of broccoli or cauliflower.
- Also flo·rette [flaw-ret, floh-] /flɔˈrɛt, floʊ-/. spun silk obtained from floss.
- Printing. flower(def 6).
Origin of floret
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for florette
When he returned, Florette had vanished; "run after the ensign," people said, and they were right.A Word Only A Word, Complete
Have I not, although desperately in love with Florette, respected the girl?
I shall run for Florette to the house of the worthy woman where I have concealed her.
(To Florette) Your excellent judgment has served you well, dear girl.
Happy as Florette was with her child, she did not long survive.
- a small flower, esp one of many making up the head of a composite flower
C17: from Old French florete a little flower, from flor 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
Word Origin and History for florette
c.1400, flourette, from Old French florete "little flower; cheap silk material," diminutive of flor "flower," from Latin flora (see flora). Botany sense is from 1670s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small or reduced flower, especially one that is part of a larger inflorescence, such as those of the grasses and plants of the composite family.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.