- The definition of a flourish is a waving movement, or an extra decoration.
- An example of a flourish is sweeping your arms as you dance across a stage.
- A large loop on your signature is an example of a flourish.
- Flourish is defined as to grow well, to succeed, to make big wave-like movements.
- An example of flourish is when a sunflower grows six feet tall in a garden.
- An example of flourish is to learn quickly and easily at a new school.
- An example of flourish is to wave the flag during a parade.
- Obsolete to blossom
- to grow vigorously; succeed; thrive; prosper
- to be at the peak of development, activity, influence, production, etc.; be in one's prime
- to make showy, wavy motions, as of the arms
- Now Rare
- to write in an ornamental style
- to perform a fanfare, as of trumpets
Origin: Middle English florishen ; from extended stem of Old French florir, to blossom ; from Late Latin an unverified form florire ; from Classical Latin florere ; from flos, flower
- to ornament with something flowery or fanciful
Origin: first so used by John Wycliffeto wave (a sword, arm, hat, etc.) in the air; brandish
- Rare a thriving state; success; prosperity
- anything done in a showy way, as a sweeping movement of the limbs or body
- a waving in the air; brandishing
- a decorative or curved line or lines in handwriting
- an ornate musical passage; fanfare
- Obsolete a blooming or a bloom
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verb flour·ished, flour·ish·ing, flour·ish·es verb, intransitive
- To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive: The crops flourished in the rich soil.
- To do or fare well; prosper: “No village on the railroad failed to flourish” (John Kenneth Galbraith).
- To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence: a poet who flourished in the tenth century.
- To make bold, sweeping movements: The banner flourished in the wind.
- A dramatic or stylish movement, as of waving or brandishing: “A few … musicians embellish their performance with a flourish of the fingers” (Frederick D. Bennett).
- An embellishment or ornamentation: a signature with a distinctive flourish.
- An ostentatious act or gesture: a flourish of generosity.
- Music A showy or ceremonious passage, such as a fanfare.
Origin: Middle English florishen, from Old French florir, floriss-, from Vulgar Latin *flōrīre, from Latin flōrēre, to bloom, from flōs, flōr-, flower; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
- flourˈish·er noun