bouquet

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

noun

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
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bouquet


noun

(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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