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

Origin of floret

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

  • When he returned, Florette had vanished; "run after the ensign," people said, and they were right.

  • Have I not, although desperately in love with Florette, respected the girl?

  • I shall run for Florette to the house of the worthy woman where I have concealed her.

  • (To Florette) Your excellent judgment has served you well, dear girl.

  • Happy as Florette was with her child, she did not long survive.

British Dictionary definitions for florette


  1. 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 florette



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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florette in Science


  1. 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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