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[floh-roo-it; English flawr-yoo-it, flohr-, flor-]
noun Latin.
  1. he (or she) flourished: used to indicate the period during which a person flourished, especially when the exact birth and death dates are unknown. Abbreviation: fl., flor.
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Historical Examples of floruit

  • Apelles, the greatest of Greek painters, floruit circa 332 b.c.

    The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura

    Lucius Apuleius

  • Afranius, the most famous writer of purely Roman comedy (fabulae togatae), floruit circa 110 b.c.

  • The dates which they indicate for the 'floruit' of these persons are in no case earlier than the middle of the tenth century.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

  • When the floruit of a god has expired, he is assigned a tomb in one of the great tumuli.

British Dictionary definitions for floruit


  1. (he or she) flourished: used to indicate the period when a historical figure, whose birth and death dates are unknown, was most activeAbbreviation: fl ., flor .
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Word Origin and History for floruit

used now mainly in sense of "period during which a historical person's life work was done," 1843, Latin, literally "he flourished," third person singular perf. indicative of florere (see flourish (v.)). Usually in abbreviation fl.

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