[ blos-uhm ]
/ ˈblɒs əm /

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noun Botany.

the flower of a plant, especially of one producing an edible fruit.
the state of flowering: The apple tree is in blossom.

verb (used without object)

Botany. to produce or yield blossoms.
to flourish; develop (often followed by into or out): a writer of commercial jingles who blossomed out into an important composer.
(of a parachute) to open.

Origin of blossom

before 900; (noun) Middle English blosme, blossem, Old English blōstm(a), blōsma flower; cognate with Middle Dutch bloesem, Middle Low German blosem, blossem; (v.) Middle English blosmen, Old English blōstmian, derivative of the noun See bloom1, blow3


Definition for blossom (2 of 2)

[ blos-uh m ]
/ ˈblɒs əm /


a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blossom

British Dictionary definitions for blossom

/ (ˈblɒsəm) /


the flower or flowers of a plant, esp conspicuous flowers producing edible fruit
the time or period of flowering (esp in the phrases in blossom, in full blossom)

verb (intr)

(of plants) to come into flower
to develop or come to a promising stageyouth had blossomed into maturity

Derived forms of blossom

blossoming, noun, adjectiveblossomless, adjectiveblossomy, adjective

Word Origin for blossom

Old English blōstm; related to Middle Low German blōsem, Latin flōs flower
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