[flawr-uh l, flohr-]


pertaining to or consisting of flowers: floral decoration.
of or relating to floras or a flora.


something, as a fabric, garment, wallpaper, or household item, having a floral pattern: Let's replace these drapes with florals.

Origin of floral

1640–50; < Latin Flōrālis pertaining to Flōra. See flora, -al1
Related formsflo·ral·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of floral

Historical Examples of floral

  • I skipped about among the floral tributes while he was talking.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • I ordered all my flowers from Floral Park and my flower garden is lovely.

  • Captain Elisha, with a rueful smile, pointed to the floral centerpiece.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Of the latter, that which attracted us most might have passed for a floral conservatory.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • But he was busy arranging his floral tribute at the sideboard.

British Dictionary definitions for floral



decorated with or consisting of flowers or patterns of flowers
of, relating to, or associated with flowersfloral leaves
Derived Formsflorally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for floral

1640s, "pertaining to Flora," from French floral (16c.), from Latin floralis "of flowers" (see flora). Meaning "pertaining to flowers" is from 1753.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper