What does Flower mean?

Definitions for Flower
ˈflaʊ ərflow·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Flower.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flowernoun

    a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms

  2. flower, bloom, blossomnoun

    reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts

  3. flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flushverb

    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

  4. bloom, blossom, flowerverb

    produce or yield flowers

    "The cherry tree bloomed"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FLOWERnoun

    Etymology: fleur, French; flos, flores, Latin.

    Such are reckoned perfect flowers which have petala, a stamen, apex and stylus; and whatever flower wants either of these is reckoned imperfect. Perfect flowers are divided into simple ones, which are not composed of other smaller ones, and which usually have but one single style; and compounded, which consist of many flosculi, all making but one flower. Simple flowers are monopetalous, which have the body of the flower all of one intire leaf, though sometimes cut or divided a little way into many seeming petala, or leaves; as in borage, bugloss, &c. or polypetalous, which have distinct petala, and those falling off singly, and not all together, as the seeming petala of monopetalous flowers always do: but those are further divided into uniform and difform flowers: the former have their right and left hand parts, and the forward and backward parts all alike; but the difform have no such regularity, as in the flowers of sage, deadnettle, &c. A monopetalous difform flower is likewise further divided into, first, semi-fistular, whose upper part resembles a pipe cut off obliquely, as in the arilostochia: 2d, labiate; and this either with one lip only, as in the acanthum and scordium, or w th two lips, as in the far greater part of the labiate flowers: and here the upper lip is sometimes turned upwards, and so turns the convex part downwards, as in the chamæcissus, &c. but most commonly the upper lip is convex above, and turns the hollow part down to its fellow below, and so represents a kind of helmet, or monkshood; and from thence these are frequently called galeate, cucullate, and galericulate flowers; and in this form are the flowers of the lamium, and most verticillate plants. Sometimes also the lamium is intire, and sometimes jagged or divided. 3d, Corniculate; that is, such hollow flowers as have on their upper part a kind of spur, or little horn, as in the linaria, delphinum, &c. and the carniculum, or calcar, is always impervious at the tip or point. Compounded flowers are either, first, discous or discoidal; that is, whose flosculi are set together so close, thick, and even, as to make the surface of the flower plain and flat, which therefore, because of its round form, will be like a discus; which disk is sometimes radiated, when there is a row of petala standing round in the disk, like the points of a star, as in the matricaria, chamæmelum, &c. and sometimes naked, having no such radiating leaves round the limb of its disk, as in the tanacetum: 2d, planifolious, which is composed of plain flowers, set together in circular rows round the centre, and whose face is usually indented, notched uneven and jagged, as the hieracia, &c. 3d, fistular, which is compounded of many long hollow little flowers, like pipes, all divided into large jags at the ends. Imperfect flowers, because they want the petala, are called stamineous, apetalous, and capillaceous; and those which hang pendulous by fine threads, like the juli, are by Tournefort called amentaceous, and we call them cats-tail. The term campaniformis is used for such as are in the shape of a bell, and infundibuliformis for such as are in the form of a funnel. Philip Miller.

    Good men’s lives
    Expire before the flowers in their caps,
    Dying or ere they sicken. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    With flow’r inwoven tresses torn,
    The nymphs in twilight shade of tangled thickets mourn. John Milton.

    Beauteous flow’rs why do we spread
    Upon the monuments of the dead? Abraham Cowley.

    Though the same sun with all-diffusive rays
    Blush in the rose and in the diamond blaze,
    We praise the stronger effort of his power,
    And always set the gem above the flower. Alexander Pope.

    If the blossom of the plant be of most importance, we call it a flower; such are daisies, tulips, and carnations. Isaac Watts.

    This discourse of Cyprian, and the excellent flowers of rhetorick in it, shew him to have been a sweet and powerful orator. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    Truth needs no flow’rs of speech. Alexander Pope.

    Alas! young man, your days can ne’er be long:
    In flow’r of age you perish for a song. Alexander Pope, Horace Impr.

    The bread I would have in flower, so as it might be baked still to serve their necessary want. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    I can make my audit up, that all
    From me do back receive the flow’r of all,
    And leave me but the bran William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The flowers of grains, mixed with water, will make a sort of glue. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    But by thy care twelve urns of wine be fill’d,
    Next these in worth, and firm those urns be seal’d;
    Be twice ten measures of the choicest flour
    Prepar’d, ere yet descends the evening hour. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    The choice and flower of all things profitable the Psalms do more briefly contain, and more movingly express, by reason of their poetical form. Richard Hooker.

    Thou hast slain
    The flower of Europe for his chivalry. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    The French monarchy is exhausted of its bravest subjects: the flower of the nation is consumed in its wars. Addison.

    He is not the flower of courtesy; but, I warrant him, as gentle as a lamb. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

  2. To Flowerverb

    To adorn with fictitious or imitated flowers.

    Etymology: from the noun.

  3. To Flowerverb

    Etymology: fleurir, French, or from the noun.

    So forth they marched in this goodly sort,
    To take the solace of the open air,
    And in fresh flowering fields themselves to sport. Fairy Qu.

    Sacred hill, whose head full high,
    Is, as it were, for endless memory
    Of that dear Lord, who oft thereon was found,
    For ever with a flow’ring garland crown’d. Fairy Queen.

    Then herbs of every leaf, that sudden flower’d,
    Op’ning their various colours. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    Mark well the flow’ring almonds in the wood,
    If od’rous blooms the bearing branches load. John Dryden, Georg.

    To leafless shrubs the flow’ring palms succeed,
    And od’rous myrtle to the noisome weed. Alexander Pope, Messiah.

    Whilome in youth, when flower’d my youthful spring,
    Like swallow swift, I wandered here and there;
    For heat of heedless lust me did so sting,
    That I of doubted danger had no fear. Edmund Spenser, Pastorals.

    This cause detain’d me all my flow’ring youth,
    Within a loathsome dungeon there to pine. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Those above water were the best, and that beer did flower a little; whereas that under water did not, though it were fresh. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 385.

    An extreme clarification doth spread the spirits so smooth that they become dull, and the drink dead, which ought to have a little flowering. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    If you can accept of these few observations, which have flowered off, and are, as it were, the burnishing of many studious and contemplative years, I here give you them to dispose of. John Milton, on Education.


  1. Flower

    A flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division Angiospermae). The biological function of a flower is to facilitate reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs. Flowers may facilitate outcrossing (fusion of sperm and eggs from different individuals in a population) resulting from cross-pollination or allow selfing (fusion of sperm and egg from the same flower) when self-pollination occurs. There are two types of pollination: self-pollination and cross-pollination. Self-pollination occurs when the pollen from the anther is deposited on the stigma of the same flower, or another flower on the same plant. Cross-pollination is when pollen is transferred from the anther of one flower to the stigma of another flower on a different individual of the same species. Self-pollination happens in flowers where the stamen and carpel mature at the same time, and are positioned so that the pollen can land on the flower's stigma. This pollination does not require an investment from the plant to provide nectar and pollen as food for pollinators.Some flowers produce diaspores without fertilization (parthenocarpy). Flowers contain sporangia and are the site where gametophytes develop. Many flowers have evolved to be attractive to animals, so as to cause them to be vectors for the transfer of pollen. After fertilization, the ovary of the flower develops into fruit containing seeds. In addition to facilitating the reproduction of flowering plants, flowers have long been admired and used by humans to bring beauty to the environment, and also as objects of romance, ritual, esotericism, witchcraft, religion, holistic medicine, and as a source of food.


  1. flower

    A flower is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants, characterized by its brightly colored petals, typically arranged in a unique pattern, and surrounding the reproductive organs consisting of the pistil(s) and stamen(s). Flowers are responsible for producing seeds through the process of pollination, attracting pollinators such as insects or birds with their vibrant appearance and fragrance. They play a crucial role in plant reproduction and are commonly used for ornamental and decorative purposes due to their beauty and variety of shapes and colors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flowernoun

    in the popular sense, the bloom or blossom of a plant; the showy portion, usually of a different color, shape, and texture from the foliage

  2. Flowernoun

    that part of a plant destined to produce seed, and hence including one or both of the sexual organs; an organ or combination of the organs of reproduction, whether inclosed by a circle of foliar parts or not. A complete flower consists of two essential parts, the stamens and the pistil, and two floral envelopes, the corolla and callyx. In mosses the flowers consist of a few special leaves surrounding or subtending organs called archegonia. See Blossom, and Corolla

  3. Flowernoun

    the fairest, freshest, and choicest part of anything; as, the flower of an army, or of a family; the state or time of freshness and bloom; as, the flower of life, that is, youth

  4. Flowernoun

    grain pulverized; meal; flour

  5. Flowernoun

    a substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation; as, the flowers of sulphur

  6. Flowernoun

    a figure of speech; an ornament of style

  7. Flowernoun

    ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc

  8. Flowernoun

    menstrual discharges

  9. Flowerverb

    to blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant; to produce flowers; as, this plant flowers in June

  10. Flowerverb

    to come into the finest or fairest condition

  11. Flowerverb

    to froth; to ferment gently, as new beer

  12. Flowerverb

    to come off as flowers by sublimation

  13. Flowerverb

    to embellish with flowers; to adorn with imitated flowers; as, flowered silk

  14. Etymology: [OE. flour, OF. flour, flur, flor, F. fleur, fr. L. flos, floris. Cf. Blossom, Effloresce, Floret, Florid, Florin, Flour, Flourish.]


  1. Flower

    A flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants. The biological function of a flower is to effect reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs. Flowers may facilitate outcrossing or allow selfing. Some flowers produce diaspores without fertilization. Flowers contain sporangia and are the site where gametophytes develop. Flowers give rise to fruit and seeds. Many flowers have evolved to be attractive to animals, so as to cause them to be vectors for the transfer of pollen. In addition to facilitating the reproduction of flowering plants, flowers have long been admired and used by humans to beautify their environment, and also as objects of romance, ritual, religion, medicine and as a source of food.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flower

    flow′ėr, n. a growth comprising the reproductive organs of plants: the blossom of a plant: the best of anything: the prime of life: the person or thing most distinguished: a figure of speech: ornament of style: (pl.) menstrual discharge (B.).—v.t. to adorn with figures of flowers.—v.i. to blossom: to flourish.—ns. Flow′erage, a gathering of flowers; Flow′er-bell, a blossom shaped like a bell; Flow′er-bud, a bud with the unopened flower; Flow′er-clock, a collection of flowers so arranged that the time of day is indicated by their times of opening and closing; Flow′er-de-luce, the old name for the common species of iris (q.v.), or for the heraldic emblem conventionalised therefrom (see Fleur-de-lis); Flow′eret, a little flower: a floret; Flow′er-head, a compound flower in which all the florets are sessile on the receptacle; Flow′eriness; Flow′ering-rush, a monocotyledonous plant usually reckoned under the order Alismaceæ, with large linear three-edged leaves and an umbel of rose-coloured flowers.—adjs. Flow′er-kir′tled, Flow′ery-kir′tled (Milt.), dressed in robes or garlands of flowers; Flow′erless (bot.) having no flowers.—ns. Flow′er-pot, a utensil in culture whereby plants are rendered portable;, Flow′er-serv′ice, a church service where offerings of flowers are made, to be afterwards sent to hospitals; Flow′er-show, an exhibition of flowers; Flow′er-stalk, the stem that supports the flower.—adj. Flow′ery, full of, or adorned with, flowers: highly embellished, florid.—Flower of Jove, a caryophyllaceous plant, with heads of purple or scarlet flowers, and leaves silky-white with hairs. [O. Fr. flour (Fr. fleur)—L. flos, floris, a flower.]

Editors Contribution

  1. flower

    A type of cultivar, plant or seed created in various colors, species and sizes.

    Flowers are a beautiful sight to the human eye and smell fabulous.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

  2. flower

    A type of flower created in various colors, shapes and sizes.

    Flowers are a beautiful sight to the human eye and smell fabulous.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Flower is ranked #8828 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Flower surname appeared 3,711 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Flower.

    84.4% or 3,135 total occurrences were White.
    8.7% or 324 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 124 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 74 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 24 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Flower' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4315

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Flower' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3458

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Flower' in Nouns Frequency: #620

Anagrams for Flower »

  1. reflow

  2. fowler

  3. wolfer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Flower in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Flower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Flower in a Sentence

  1. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    Giah is like the vine that allows us to grape. We are not even the root but Giah has roots and chooses where they drink so that we can flower into a vineyard. But Giah is also a grape to our vine because Giah cannot be our being because however beautiful our vineyard grows our roots are too shallow to support her. That is why we need to work on our thoughts and ascend her roots to reach the wine that quenches us and sore on her through endless time.

  2. Gyorgy Balint:

    For a gardener, every day a flower blooms, a seed starts to grow, and a tomato ripens.

  3. George Washington Carver:

    Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Be an educator, bloom like a flower, be a philosopher.

  5. Laura Jaworski:

    Each peaceful breath is a petal opening on the bud of humanity, a bloom on the flower of life.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    A ravening
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    C incumbent
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