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. 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"


  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

  18. Origin: [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.]

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. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley:

    Virtue can only flourish among equals.

  2. Gavin Gibbons:

    '' But these type of things flourish in the shadows.

  3. Cometan:

    Allowing him to flourish is killing my chance to flower.

  4. Ziyavudin Magomedov:

    Then everything will flourish in glorious colors, the time is ripe for reforms.

  5. Aurora Berill:

    Learn something useful from every mistake if you want to flourish in your life.

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  • размахване, размахвам, фанфари, вирея, завъртулка, процъфтявамBulgarian
  • aufblühen, Verzierung, blühen, Schnörkel, Fanfare, gedeihenGerman
  • κόσμημαGreek
  • flori, disflori, fanfaroEsperanto
  • floreo, floritura, ademanes, prosperarSpanish
  • kukoistaaFinnish
  • fioriture, fleurir, gesticulation, morceau de bravoure, brandirFrench
  • पनपनेHindi
  • ծաղկելArmenian
  • sveifla, blómstra, dafnaIcelandic
  • girigogolo, fiorire, svolazzo, crescere, prosperare, sventolio, svilupparsi, gesticolioItalian
  • לפרוחHebrew
  • 栄える, 繁茂する, 繁栄Japanese
  • germinabuntLatin
  • gezwaai, wuiven, bloeien, zwaaien, versiering, floreren, ornament, opbloeien, zwaaiDutch
  • zakrętasPolish
  • floreio, florescerPortuguese
  • росчерк, туш, завитушка, процветать, загогулина, фанфараRussian
  • frodas, blomstraSwedish
  • בליעןYiddish

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