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



    BrE BrE//ˈflʌrɪʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrɪʃ//
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  1. 1[usually singular] an exaggerated movement that you make when you want somebody to notice you He opened the door for her with a flourish. With a final flourish she laid down her pen.
  2. 2[usually singular] an impressive act or way of doing something The season ended with a flourish for Rooney, when he scored in the final minute of the match.
  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 practised 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
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French floriss-, lengthened stem of florir, based on Latin florere, from flos, flor- ‘a flower’. The noun senses ‘ornamental curve’ and ‘florid expression’ come from an obsolete sense of the verb, ‘adorn’ (originally with flowers).
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