- to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished.
- to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
- to be successful; prosper.
- to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.
- to make dramatic, sweeping gestures: Flourish more when you act out the king's great death scene.
- to add embellishments and ornamental lines to writing, letters, etc.
- to sound a trumpet call or fanfare.
- to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with: a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo.
- to decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.
- an act or instance of brandishing.
- an ostentatious display.
- a decoration or embellishment, especially in writing: He added a few flourishes to his signature.
- Rhetoric. a parade of fine language; an expression used merely for effect.
- a trumpet call or fanfare.
- a condition or period of thriving: in full flourish.
Origin of flourish
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Examples from the Web for flourish
Her father gazes back at her happily, tips his hat, and bows with a flourish.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
This fact was revealed with a flourish during a Life Lesson on the importance of discretion, which is a story for another day.Quality Bud, but Like, Whoa, The Prices
Kelly Williams Brown
July 26, 2014
Pretending and imaginative play also flourish, and imaginary friends are common companions to young schoolchildren.Diagnosing Jane, Louis C.K.’s Troubled Daughter on ‘Louie’ Who Can’t Separate Dreams From Reality
May 15, 2014
In 2006, he left LA with a flourish when the Tribune Co. demanded severe cuts in the newsroom and Baquet refused to make them.Jill Abramson Fired from the Times: Was It About Money and Sexism—Or Management Style?
May 15, 2014
Despite starting with a flourish, that site has gone quiet in recent days as it undergoes a reorganization.Guardian and WaPo Share Pulitzer: Snowden Hails Victory for “More Accountable Democracy”
April 14, 2014
Emma finished the sleeve of the blouse she was mending with a flourish.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
With a flourish Katy seated him, and carried the packages to Linda.Her Father's Daughter
And the stranger, with a flourish of his hand, turned to the door.Night and Morning, Complete
Not of late years,' replied the Chief, with a flourish of his hand.
When he had finished this epistle, Rigaud folded it and tossed it with a flourish at Clennam's feet.
- (intr) to thrive; prosper
- (intr) to be at the peak of condition
- (intr) to be healthyplants flourish in the light
- to wave or cause to wave in the air with sweeping strokes
- to display or make a display
- to play (a fanfare, etc) on a musical instrument
- (intr) to embellish writing, characters, etc, with ornamental strokes
- to add decorations or embellishments to (speech or writing)
- (intr) an obsolete word for blossom
- the act of waving or brandishing
- a showy gesturehe entered with a flourish
- an ornamental embellishment in writing
- a display of ornamental language or speech
- a grandiose passage of music
- an ostentatious display or parade
- the state of flourishing
- the state of flowering
Word Origin and History for flourish
c.1300, "to blossom, grow," from Old French floriss-, stem of florir "blossom, flower, bloom, flourish," from Latin florere "to bloom, blossom, flower," figuratively "to flourish, be prosperous," from flos "a flower" (see flora).
Metaphoric sense of "thrive" is mid-14c. Meaning "to brandish (a weapon)" first attested late 14c. Related: Flourished; flourishing.
c.1500, "a blossom," from flourish (v.). Meaning "ostentatious waving of a weapon" is from 1550s; that of "literary or rhetorical embellishment" is from c.1600.