Definitions for flourishˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

flour•ish*ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-(v.i.)

  1. to be in a vigorous state; thrive.

  2. to be at the height of development, activity, influence, or fame.

  3. to be successful; prosper.

  4. to grow luxuriantly or thrive in growth, as a plant.

  5. to make sweeping gestures.

  6. (v.t.)to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with.

  7. (n.)an act or instance of brandishing.

  8. an ostentatious or dramatic gesture or display.

  9. a decoration or embellishment, esp. in writing:

    He added a few flourishes to his signature.

  10. a florid bit of language.

    Category: Rhetoric

  11. an elaborate musical passage.

    Category: Music and Dance

  12. a condition or period of thriving:

    in full flourish.

* Syn: See succeed.

Origin of flourish:

1250–1300; ME florisshen < MF floriss-, long s. of florir蠐 L flōrēre


Princeton's WordNet

  1. flourish(noun)

    a showy gesture

    "she entered with a great flourish"

  2. flourish(noun)

    an ornamental embellishment in writing

  3. flourish(noun)

    a display of ornamental speech or language

  4. flourish, brandish(noun)

    the act of waving

  5. flourish, fanfare, tucket(verb)

    (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments

    "he entered to a flourish of trumpets"; "her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare"

  6. boom, thrive, flourish, expand(verb)

    grow vigorously

    "The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming"

  7. thrive, prosper, fly high, flourish(verb)

    make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

    "The new student is thriving"

  8. brandish, flourish, wave(verb)

    move or swing back and forth

    "She waved her gun"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. flourish(verb)ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-

    to grow well

    a plant that will flourish even in poor soil

  2. flourishˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-

    to do well or be successful

    After three years, the company is flourishing.


  1. flourish(Noun)

    A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.

    With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.

  2. flourish(Noun)

    An ornamentation.

    His signature ended with a flourish.

  3. flourish(Noun)

    A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.

    The trumpets blew a flourish as they entered the church.

  4. flourish(Noun)

    A decorative embellishment on a building.

  5. flourish(Verb)

    To thrive or grow well.

    The barley flourished in the warm weather.

  6. flourish(Verb)

    To prosper or fare well.

  7. flourish(Verb)

    To be in a period of greatest influence.

    His writing flourished before the war.

  8. flourish(Verb)

    To make bold, sweeping movements with.

    They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.

  9. Origin: From florisshen, flurisshen, and from floriss-, stem of some conjugated forms of florir, ( fleurir);, from florire, from floreo (with influence from flōrēscō), from flos. See flower + -ish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flourish(verb)

    to grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive

  2. Flourish(verb)

    to be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production

  3. Flourish(verb)

    to use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery

  4. Flourish(verb)

    to make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion

  5. Flourish(verb)

    to make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures

  6. Flourish(verb)

    to execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude

  7. Flourish(verb)

    to boast; to vaunt; to brag

  8. Flourish(verb)

    to adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish

  9. Flourish(verb)

    to embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words

  10. Flourish(verb)

    to move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish

  11. Flourish(verb)

    to develop; to make thrive; to expand

  12. Flourish(noun)

    a flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor

  13. Flourish(noun)

    decoration; ornament; beauty

  14. Flourish(noun)

    something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit

  15. Flourish(noun)

    a fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure

  16. Flourish(noun)

    a fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare

  17. Flourish(noun)

    the waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword


  1. Card flourish

    Card flourishes are visual displays of skill performed with playing cards, designed to show the skill or manual dexterity of a 'flourisher'. Card flourishes are primarily intended to be visually impressive and to appear difficult to do. They can also be used as expression of creativity, or can be referred to as an artform. Card flourishes for magicians can be divided into many genres: one-handed cuts, spreads, two-handed cuts, fanning, aerials, and springs. Card flourishes are performed both as part of magic performances and on their own. Though there are many flourishing moves, the most common method of learning the art is through DVDs, books, free tutorials on the internet, private one-on-one sessions as well as privately produced instructional videos. As a result, there is significantly more informational material available on the market today for those interested. Card flourishing is a hobby mostly practiced by young people around 12 to late 20s and has almost become separated from the magic community, however this movement has been hindered somewhat by magicians incorporating flourishes into magic tricks.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'flourish' in Verbs Frequency: #1087

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an ornamental stroke of the pen in writing

His writing was full of flourishes.

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