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  1. one of the small, feathery masses or flakes in which snow falls.
  2. Meteorology.
    1. an agglomeration of snow crystals falling as a unit.
    2. any snow particle.
  3. any of certain European plants belonging to the genus Leucojum, of the amaryllis family, resembling the snowdrop.
  4. snow bunting.

Origin of snowflake

First recorded in 1725–35; snow + flake1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for snowflake

sleet, slush, snowbank, snowdrift, snowflake, snowfall

Examples from the Web for snowflake

Contemporary Examples of snowflake

  • The resulting children have come to be called snowflake babies.

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    Doree Shafrir

    September 13, 2009

Historical Examples of snowflake

  • She was called Snowflake then and she lived in another cave.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • The same law that shapes the earth and the stars shapes the snowflake.

    The Log of the Sun

    William Beebe

  • It had been about as conspicuous as a snowflake would have been in a glass of milk.

    Tom Slade on a Transport

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • That were "Snowflake's" stall, sir, in the old time, and "Snowflake" were little Dora's pony.

  • They call you 'Snowflake' and all sorts of things, I am told.

    Scarlet and Hyssop

    E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for snowflake


  1. one of the mass of small thin delicate arrangements of ice crystals that fall as snow
  2. any of various European amaryllidaceous plants of the genus Leucojum, such as L. vernum (spring snowflake), that have white nodding bell-shaped flowers
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Word Origin and History for snowflake

1734, from snow (n.) + flake (n.).

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