[flawr-ist, flohr-, flor-]

Origin of florist

First recorded in 1615–25; flor- + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for florist

Contemporary Examples of florist

Historical Examples of florist

  • He took the card from the florist's envelope and glanced at the name.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • And still more of this belated spring will gladden the eye in the florist's window.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • In June the florist's shop is a poor place, sedulously to be shunned.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I suppose you've only got to call a florist and tell him to send you some orchids?

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • According to a florist's magazine "Jacks are becoming cheap."

    The New Pun Book

    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey

British Dictionary definitions for florist


  1. a person who grows or deals in flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for florist

1620s, formed on analogy of French fleuriste, from Latin floris, genitive of flos "flower" (see flora) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper