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
Related formsblos·som·less, adjectiveblos·som·y, adjectiveout·blos·som, verb (used with object)re·blos·som, verb (used without object)un·blos·somed, adjectiveun·blos·som·ing, adjective

Synonyms for blossom


[blos-uh m]


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

Examples from the Web for blossom

Contemporary Examples of blossom

Historical Examples of blossom

  • The new house was to be the garden in which she should blossom.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Not far from here ran Joseph's river, making the desert to blossom like the rose.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • What belief should be sown to blossom forth in a harvest of strength and peace?

  • This was no soil for kindliness and affection to blossom in.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • I also have in blossom an Abutilon and three Obconica Primulas.

British Dictionary definitions for blossom



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 Formsblossoming, noun, adjectiveblossomless, adjectiveblossomy, adjective

Word Origin for blossom

Old English blōstm; related to Middle Low German blōsem, Latin flōs flower
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Word Origin and History for blossom

c.1200, from Old English blostm, blostma "blossom, flower, fruit," from Proto-Germanic *blo-s- (cf. Middle Low German blosom, Dutch bloesem, German Blust), from PIE *bhlow-, extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). This is the native word, now largely superseded by bloom and flower.


late 14c., from Old English blostmian, from blostma "blossom, flower" (see blossom (n.)). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Blossomed; blossoming.

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