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[flawr-id, flor-]
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  1. reddish; ruddy; rosy: a florid complexion.
  2. flowery; excessively ornate; showy: florid writing.
  3. Obsolete. abounding in or consisting of flowers.
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Origin of florid

1635–45; < Latin flōridus, equivalent to flōr(ēre) to bloom (see florescence) + -idus -id4
Related formsflo·rid·i·ty [flaw-rid-i-tee, fluh-] /flɔˈrɪd ɪ ti, flə-/, flor·id·ness, nounflor·id·ly, adverbo·ver·flor·id, adjectiveo·ver·flor·id·ly, adverbo·ver·flor·id·ness, nounun·flor·id, adjective

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Historical Examples of floridity

  • The Spaniard can use a floridity of expression that would be ridiculous in England.

    Things seen in Spain

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Yet these young reformers had no intention of throwing overboard all the charms of floridity in song.

    Some Forerunners of Italian Opera

    William James Henderson

  • Caccini was somewhat more liberal than Peri in the use of floridity and always showed taste and judgement therein.

    Some Forerunners of Italian Opera

    William James Henderson

  • In imagery, there is that floridity that goes dazzling to the sublime with a brilliancy that is captivating.

  • Shorter of stature, with the Utah floridity of complexion, and very voluble in conversation.

British Dictionary definitions for floridity


  1. having a red or flushed complexion
  2. excessively ornate; floweryflorid architecture
  3. an archaic word for flowery
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Derived Formsfloridity or floridness, nounfloridly, adverb

Word Origin for florid

C17: from Latin flōridus blooming
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Word Origin and History for floridity



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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floridity in Medicine


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