[ boh-key, boo- for 1, 2; boo-key or, occasionally, boh- for 3 ]
/ boʊˈkeɪ, bu- for 1, 2; buˈkeɪ or, occasionally, boʊ- for 3 /


a bunch of flowers; nosegay.
a compliment: The drama critics greeted her performance with bouquets.
the characteristic aroma of wines, liqueurs, etc.

Origin of bouquet

1710–20; < French: bunch, orig. thicket, grove; Old French bosquet, equivalent to bosc wood (< Germanic; see bosk, bush1) + -et -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bouquet



(bəʊˈkeɪ, buː-) a bunch of flowers, esp a large carefully arranged one
Also called: nose (buːˈkeɪ) the characteristic aroma or fragrance of a wine or liqueur
a compliment or expression of praise

Word Origin for bouquet

C18: from French: thicket, from Old French bosc forest, wood, probably of Germanic origin; see bush 1
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Word Origin and History for bouquet



1716, introduced to English by Lady Mary Montague from French bouquet, originally "little wood," from Picard form of Old French bochet (14c.), diminutive of bosco, from Medieval Latin boscus "grove" (see bush (n.)).

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