blossom
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈblɒ.səm/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈblɑ.səm/
Noun

blossom

  1. A flower, especially one indicating that a fruit#Noun|fruit tree is fruit#Verb|fruiting; (collectively) a mass#Noun|mass of such flowers.
    The blossom has come early this year.
    • 1560, [William Whittingham et al., transl.], The Bible and Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament. […] (the Geneva Bible), Geneva: Printed by Rouland Hall, OCLC 557472409 ↗, Nombers XVII:8, folio 70, recto ↗:
      And when Moſes on the morowe went into the Tabernacle of the Teſtimonie, beholde, the rod of Aarón for the houſe of Leuí was budded, and broght forthe buddes, & broght forthe bloſſoms & bare ripe almondes.
  2. The state#Noun|state or season#Noun|season of produce#Verb|producing such flowers.
    The orchard is in blossom.
    • 1919 October, John Galsworthy, chapter I, in Saint’s Progress, London: William Heinemann, published December 1919, OCLC 731506428 ↗, part III, 1 §, page 217 ↗:
      Down by the River Wye, among plum-trees in blossom, Noel had laid her baby in a hammock, and stood reading a letter: [...]
  3. (figurative) A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise.
  4. The colour of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs.
Translations
  • French: fleur
  • German: Blüte
  • Italian: bocciuolo
  • Portuguese: flor
  • Russian: цвето́к
  • Spanish: flor
Translations Translations Verb

blossom (blossoms, present participle blossoming; past and past participle blossomed)

  1. (intransitive) To have, or open#Verb|open into, blossoms; to bloom#Verb|bloom.
    • 1560, [William Whittingham et al., transl.], The Bible and Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament. […] (the Geneva Bible), Geneva: Printed by Rouland Hall, OCLC 557472409 ↗, Nombers XVII:1–2 and 5:
      And the Lord ſpake vnto Moſés, ſaying, / Speake vnto the childrẽ of Iſraél, & take of euerie one of them a rod, after y{{sup
  2. (intransitive) To begin to thrive or flourish#Verb|flourish.
    • 1869, Louisa M[ay] Alcott, “Gossip”, in Little Women: Or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, part second, Boston, Mass.: Roberts Brothers, OCLC 30743985 ↗, page 5 ↗:
      A quiet, studious man, rich in the wisdom that is better than learning, the charity which calls all mankind "brother," the piety that blossoms into character, making it august and lovely.
Synonyms Translations Translations
Blossom
Proper noun
  1. A hamlet in New York.
  2. A city in Texas.
  3. (rare) A female given name



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