Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
    her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare
  2. (noun, communication) the act of waving
  3. (noun, communication) a display of ornamental speech or language
  4. (noun, communication) a showy gesture
  5. (noun, communication) an ornamental embellishment in writing
  6. (verb, change) grow vigorously
    business is booming
  7. (verb, contact) move or swing back and forth
  8. (verb, possession) make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Flourish

  1. c.1300, "to blossom, grow," from O.Fr. floriss-, stem of florir, from L. florere "to bloom, blossom, flower," from flos "a flower" (see flora). Metaphoric sense of "thrive" is mid-14c. Meaning "to brandish (a weapon)" first attested late 14c. The noun meaning "literary or rhetorical embellishment" is from c.1600. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Flourish

filariasis, floor show, floor wax, floorshow, fluoresce, fluorosis, followers

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