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

Origin of snowflake

First recorded in 1725–35; snow + flake1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snowflake

Contemporary Examples of snowflake

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

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    September 13, 2009

Historical Examples of snowflake

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

    The Log of the Sun

    William Beebe

  • As a matter of fact Sir John knew no more than the others about the destination of the Snowflake.

  • The big ship settled down as gently as a snowflake, shuddered a few times and was quiet.

    The Stutterer

    R.R. Merliss

  • The letter the postman brought made me see all this and more in the snowflake that fell and melted in my garden.


    Jacob A. Riis

  • As I emerged from the woods into a corn-field and turned to look over at the gloomy pines, a snowflake fell softly upon my arm.

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

British Dictionary definitions for snowflake



one of the mass of small thin delicate arrangements of ice crystals that fall as snow
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper