What does flower mean?

Definitions for flower
ˈflaʊ ərflow·er

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flower(noun)

    a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms

  2. flower, bloom, blossom(noun)

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

  3. flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flush(verb)

    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

  4. bloom, blossom, flower(verb)

    produce or yield flowers

    "The cherry tree bloomed"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flower(noun)

    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. Flower(noun)

    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. Flower(noun)

    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. Flower(noun)

    grain pulverized; meal; flour

  5. Flower(noun)

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

  6. Flower(noun)

    a figure of speech; an ornament of style

  7. Flower(noun)

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

  8. Flower(noun)

    menstrual discharges

  9. Flower(verb)

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

  10. Flower(verb)

    to come into the finest or fairest condition

  11. Flower(verb)

    to froth; to ferment gently, as new beer

  12. Flower(verb)

    to come off as flowers by sublimation

  13. Flower(verb)

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

  14. Origin: [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.]

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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. Flowre

  2. Fowler


  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. Eddy M Reyes:

    Every flower you see is a smile

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Be awesome! Smile like a flower.

  3. David Lau:

    Each one is a flower in God's garden.

  4. Joseph Joubert:

    Politeness is the flower of humanity.

  5. A. Poincelot:

    Good taste is the flower of good sense.

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