flourish

[ flur-ish, fluhr- ]
/ ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr- /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with: a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo.
to decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.

noun

Origin of flourish

1250–1300; Middle English florisshen < Middle French floriss-, long stem of florirLatin flōrēre to bloom, derivative of flōs flower
SYNONYMS FOR flourish
9 ornament.
12 ornament, adornment.
Related formsflour·ish·er, nounout·flour·ish, verb (used with object)
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flourish

/ (ˈflʌrɪʃ) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsflourisher, noun

Word Origin for flourish

C13: from Old French florir, ultimately from Latin flōrēre to flower, from flōs a flower
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