blossom

[ blos-uhm ]
/ ˈblɒs əm /

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.

Nearby words

  1. blooper,
  2. bloor,
  3. bloor, ella reeve,
  4. blootered,
  5. bloquiste,
  6. blossom into,
  7. blossom-end rot,
  8. blot,
  9. blot analysis,
  10. blot out

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 forms

Blossom

[ blos-uh m ]
/ ˈblɒs əm /

noun

a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for blossom

blossom

/ (ˈblɒsəm) /

noun

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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