[boh-key, boo- for 1, 2; boo-key or, occasionally, boh- 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

Synonyms for bouquet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bouquet

Historical Examples of bouquet

  • She had taken the bouquet of violets and breathed the perfume to cool her feverishness.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • This Bouquet is a rascal who will be more likely to end in the Bastille than I, who did but defend my own.

  • That brute of a Bouquet came spying about my castle, and I did but defend myself.

  • But when he heard that Bouquet had escaped from prison, he really felt relieved.

  • The only cheap commodity, one unfortunately we cannot live upon, is the bouquet.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper