[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. floribunda,
  2. florican,
  3. floricane,
  4. floricide,
  5. floriculture,
  6. florid oral papillomatosis,
  7. florida,
  8. florida current,
  9. florida keys,
  10. florida moss

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 Formsfloridity or floridness, nounfloridly, adverb

Word Origin for florid

C17: from Latin flōridus blooming

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Word Origin and History for florid



1640s, "strikingly beautiful," from French floride "flourishing," from Latin floridus "flowery, in bloom," from flos "flower" (see flora). Sense of "ruddy" is first recorded 1640s. Meaning "profusely adorned, as with flowers," is from 1650s. Related: Floridly.

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Medicine definitions for florid


[ flôrĭd ]


Of a bright red or ruddy color. Used of certain skin lesions.
Related formsflo•ridi•ty (flə-rĭdĭ-tē, flô-) n.

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