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[flawr-ist, flohr-, flor-] /ˈflɔr ɪst, ˈfloʊr-, ˈflɒr-/
a retailer of flowers, ornamental plants, etc.
a grower of flowers.
Origin of florist
First recorded in 1615-25; flor- + -ist Unabridged
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  • He took the card from the florist's envelope and glanced at the name.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • And still more of this belated spring will gladden the eye in the florist's window.

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  • In June the florist's shop is a poor place, sedulously to be shunned.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I suppose you've only got to call a florist and tell him to send you some orchids?

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • According to a florist's magazine "Jacks are becoming cheap."

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    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
  • He passed a florist's; then turned and went in, blushing, to buy a bunch of roses.

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    Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • "I think I caught him in a florist's, buying flowers," answered Harley.

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    Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • She had the Druggist 'phone the florist, and then rewarded him by purchasing three Stamps.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • He stopped at the florist's for a pot of pink posies and at another shop for fruit.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for florist


a person who grows or deals in flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for florist

1620s, formed on analogy of French fleuriste, from Latin floris, genitive of flos "flower" (see flora) + -ist.

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