What does flourish mean?

Definitions for flourish
ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-flour·ish

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word flourish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flourishnoun

    a showy gesture

    "she entered with a great flourish"

  2. flourishnoun

    an ornamental embellishment in writing

  3. flourishnoun

    a display of ornamental speech or language

  4. flourish, brandishnoun

    the act of waving

  5. flourish, fanfare, tucketverb

    (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, expandverb

    grow vigorously

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

  7. thrive, prosper, fly high, flourishverb

    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, waveverb

    move or swing back and forth

    "She waved her gun"


  1. flourishnoun

    A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.

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

  2. flourishnoun

    An ornamentation.

    His signature ended with a flourish.

  3. flourishnoun

    A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.

    The trumpets blew a flourish as they entered the church.

  4. flourishnoun

    A decorative embellishment on a building.

  5. flourishverb

    To thrive or grow well.

    The barley flourished in the warm weather.

  6. flourishverb

    To prosper or fare well.

  7. flourishverb

    To be in a period of greatest influence.

    His writing flourished before the war.

  8. flourishverb

    To make bold, sweeping movements with.

    They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.

  9. Etymology: 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. Flourishverb

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

  2. Flourishverb

    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. Flourishverb

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

  4. Flourishverb

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

  5. Flourishverb

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

  6. Flourishverb

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

  7. Flourishverb

    to boast; to vaunt; to brag

  8. Flourishverb

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

  9. Flourishverb

    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. Flourishverb

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

  11. Flourishverb

    to develop; to make thrive; to expand

  12. Flourishnoun

    a flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor

  13. Flourishnoun

    decoration; ornament; beauty

  14. Flourishnoun

    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. Flourishnoun

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

  16. Flourishnoun

    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. Flourishnoun

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

  18. Etymology: [OE. florisshen, flurisshen, OF. flurir, F. fleurir, fr. L. florere to bloom, fr. flos, floris, flower. See Flower, and -ish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flourish

    flur′ish, v.i. to thrive luxuriantly: to be prosperous: to use copious and flowery language: to move in fantastic figures: to display ostentatiously: (mus.) to play ostentatious passages, or ostentatiously: to play a trumpet-call: to make ornamental strokes with the pen: to boast or brag.—v.t. to adorn with flourishes or ornaments: to swing about by way of show or triumph: (Shak.) to gloss over.—n. decoration: showy splendour: a figure made by a bold stroke of the pen: the waving of a weapon or other thing: a parade of words: a musical prelude: a trumpet-call.—adjs. Flour′ished, decorated with flourishes; Flour′ishing, thriving: prosperous: making a show.—adv. Flour′ishingly.—adj. Flour′ishy, abounding in flourishes.—Flourish of trumpets, a trumpet-call sounded on the approach of great persons; any ostentatious introduction. [O. Fr. florir, L. flos, flower.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. flourish

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

  2. flourish

    To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude, as, a flourish of trumpets.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flourish in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flourish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of flourish in a Sentence

  1. George Pataki:

    My vision was not a partisan vision. It was a vision about people, about what we could accomplish together, if we are to flourish as a people, we have to fall in love with America again.

  2. Marwan Mikhael:

    The parallel market will flourish more, you will have higher inflation.

  3. Erika Lindsay:

    A primary role of our office is to provide programs and resources to help the arts and culture sector flourish and many arts and cultural organizations see the ability to become more inclusive as a major step towards their ability to thrive.

  4. Dan Hurley:

    When the brain is exposed to discord and people are freaked out and yelling and screaming... the brain does not flourish in that environment, if a person can find peace and tranquility, their brain is going to respond better.

  5. Antony Dapiran:

    The government and police created a very ripe environment for conspiracy theories to flourish in.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • размахване, вирея, фанфари, завъртулка, процъфтявам, размахвамBulgarian
  • vzkvétatCzech
  • gedeihen, blühen, aufblühen, Verzierung, Fanfare, SchnörkelGerman
  • κόσμημαGreek
  • fanfaro, flori, disfloriEsperanto
  • floritura, prosperar, floreo, ademanesSpanish
  • شکوفا شدنPersian
  • kukoistaaFinnish
  • morceau de bravoure, gesticulation, fleurir, brandir, fioritureFrench
  • rathIrish
  • पनपनेHindi
  • ծաղկելArmenian
  • dafna, sveifla, blómstraIcelandic
  • svilupparsi, gesticolio, sventolio, prosperare, fiorire, girigogolo, svolazzo, crescereItalian
  • לפרוחHebrew
  • 繁茂する, 繁栄, 栄えるJapanese
  • germinabuntLatin
  • versiering, zwaaien, ornament, zwaai, gezwaai, floreren, bloeien, opbloeien, wuivenDutch
  • blomstreNorwegian
  • zakrętasPolish
  • florescer, floreioPortuguese
  • туш, завитушка, росчерк, фанфара, загогулина, процветатьRussian
  • frodas, blomstraSwedish
  • בליעןYiddish
  • 繁榮Chinese

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    a group of soldiers
    • A. troop
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    • C. abdomen
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