- growing vigorously; thriving; prosperous: a flourishing little business.
Origin of flourishing
- to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished.
- to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
- to be successful; prosper.
- to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.
- to make dramatic, sweeping gestures: Flourish more when you act out the king's great death scene.
- to add embellishments and ornamental lines to writing, letters, etc.
- to sound a trumpet call or fanfare.
- 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.
- an act or instance of brandishing.
- an ostentatious display.
- a decoration or embellishment, especially in writing: He added a few flourishes to his signature.
- Rhetoric. a parade of fine language; an expression used merely for effect.
- a trumpet call or fanfare.
- a condition or period of thriving: in full flourish.
Origin of flourish
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Examples from the Web for flourishing
Those are troubling numbers, for unfettered speech is not incidental to a flourishing society.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
Strangio is at his best when exposing what appears to be a flourishing civil society in Cambodia.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
The Barzani government, on the other hand, has had flourishing ties with Turkey.PKK Kurdish Terrorists Are Fighting IS Terrorists With U.S. Help
August 16, 2014
But there was certainly a flourishing of it right after World War II.How Jews Created American Modernism
August 1, 2014
So yes, couture is alive and flourishing, thanks to wealth located far from its spiritual home of Paris.What’s Haute, What’s Not: The Meaning of Modern Couture
July 11, 2014
They call me a beau and a buck, a slasher and dasher, and flourishing Phil.
I'll never call you flourishing Phil again, so don't be standing on pride.
I saw her several years afterwards with her husband, happy and flourishing.The Sexual Question
He fell into ill-health, but when he died the business was left in a flourishing condition.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
A large and flourishing city, named Thapsacus, stands on its banks.Anabasis
- (intr) to thrive; prosper
- (intr) to be at the peak of condition
- (intr) to be healthyplants flourish in the light
- to wave or cause to wave in the air with sweeping strokes
- to display or make a display
- to play (a fanfare, etc) on a musical instrument
- (intr) to embellish writing, characters, etc, with ornamental strokes
- to add decorations or embellishments to (speech or writing)
- (intr) an obsolete word for blossom
- the act of waving or brandishing
- a showy gesturehe entered with a flourish
- an ornamental embellishment in writing
- a display of ornamental language or speech
- a grandiose passage of music
- an ostentatious display or parade
- the state of flourishing
- the state of flowering
Word Origin and History for flourishing
c.1500, "a blossom," from flourish (v.). Meaning "ostentatious waving of a weapon" is from 1550s; that of "literary or rhetorical embellishment" is from c.1600.
c.1300, "to blossom, grow," from Old French floriss-, stem of florir "blossom, flower, bloom, flourish," from Latin florere "to bloom, blossom, flower," figuratively "to flourish, be prosperous," from flos "a flower" (see flora).
Metaphoric sense of "thrive" is mid-14c. Meaning "to brandish (a weapon)" first attested late 14c. Related: Flourished; flourishing.