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Definition of flourish noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually singular] an exaggerated movement that you make when you want someone to notice you He opened the door for her with a flourish.
  2. 2[usually singular] an impressive act or way of doing something The playoffs ended with a flourish for Kobe, when he scored the winning basket in the final second of the game.
  3. 3details and decoration that are used in speech or writing a speech full of rhetorical flourishes His writing is plain and direct, with no stylistic flourishes.
  4. 4a curved line that is used as decoration, especially in writing Her signature was a complicated affair of practiced flourishes.
  5. 5[usually singular] a loud short piece of music, that is usually played to announce an important person or event a flourish of trumpets
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: flourish

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