Definition of bouquet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//buˈkeɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//buˈkeɪ//
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  1. 1[countable] a bunch of flowers arranged in an attractive way so that it can be carried in a ceremony or presented as a gift The little girl presented the princess with a large bouquet of flowers. a bridal/wedding bouquet She received a bouquet of red roses on Valentine’s Day.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the pleasant smell of a type of food or drink, especially of wine a red wine with a full flavour and a fragrant bouquet
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French (earlier ‘clump of trees’), from a dialect variant of Old French bos ‘wood’. Sense (2) dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples He sent her a large bouquet of wild flowers. She caught the bride’s bouquet. They walked up and placed their bouquet of flowers on the grave.
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