[ flawr-it, flohr- ]
/ ˈflɔr ɪt, ˈfloʊr- /


a small flower.
Botany. one of the closely clustered small flowers that make up the flower head of a composite flower, as the daisy.
one of the tightly clustered divisions of a head of broccoli or cauliflower.
Also flo·rette [flaw-ret, floh-] /flɔˈrɛt, floʊ-/. spun silk obtained from floss.
Printing. flower(def 6).


Nearby words

  1. flores,
  2. flores sea,
  3. flores, juan josé,
  4. florescence,
  5. florescent,
  6. florette,
  7. florey,
  8. florey, howard walter,
  9. flori-,
  10. florianópolis

Origin of floret

1350–1400; Middle English flouret < Old French florete, diminutive of flor flower; see -et

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British Dictionary definitions for floret


/ (ˈflɔːrɪt) /


a small flower, esp one of many making up the head of a composite flower

Word Origin for floret

C17: from Old French florete a little flower, from flor flower

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Word Origin and History for floret



c.1400, flourette, from Old French florete "little flower; cheap silk material," diminutive of flor "flower," from Latin flora (see flora). Botany sense is from 1670s.

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Science definitions for floret


[ flôrĭt ]

A small or reduced flower, especially one that is part of a larger inflorescence, such as those of the grasses and plants of the composite family.
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