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boutonniere

[ boot-n-eer, boo-tuhn-yair ]
/ ˌbut nˈɪər, ˌbu tənˈyɛər /
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noun
a flower or small bouquet worn, usually by a man, in the buttonhole of a lapel.

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Origin of boutonniere

1875–80; <French boutonnière buttonhole (boutonbutton + -ière suffix for things that facilitate the use of that denoted by the stem <Latin -āria-ary
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British Dictionary definitions for boutonniere

boutonniere
/ (ˌbʊtɒnɪˈɛə) /

noun
another name for buttonhole (def. 2)

Word Origin for boutonniere

C19: from French: buttonhole, from bouton button
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