[ flawr-id, flor- ]
/ ˈflɔr ɪd, ˈflɒr- /


reddish; ruddy; rosy: a florid complexion.
flowery; excessively ornate; showy: florid writing.
Obsolete. abounding in or consisting of flowers.

Origin of florid

1635–45; < Latin flōridus, equivalent to flōr(ēre) to bloom (see florescence) + -idus -id4

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British Dictionary definitions for florid


/ (ˈflɒrɪd) /


having a red or flushed complexion
excessively ornate; floweryflorid architecture
an archaic word for flowery

Derived Forms

floridity or floridness, nounfloridly, adverb

Word Origin for florid

C17: from Latin flōridus blooming
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Medicine definitions for florid


[ flôrĭd ]


Of a bright red or ruddy color. Used of certain skin lesions.

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flo•ridi•ty (flə-rĭdĭ-tē, flô-) n.
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