- 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.
- Obs. 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 of flourishMiddle 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 of flourishfirst so used by John Wycliffe to 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
- Obs. a blooming or a bloom
verbflour·ished, flour·ish·ing, flour·ish·es
- 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 of flourishMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present flourishes, present participle flourishing, simple past and past participle flourished)
- (intransitive) To thrive or grow well.
- The barley flourished in the warm weather.
- (intransitive) To prosper or fare well.
- The town flourished with the coming of the railway.
- The cooperation flourished as the customers rushed in the business.
- (intransitive) To be in a period of greatest influence.
- His writing flourished before the war.
- To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
- To make bold, sweeping movements with.
- They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.
- (intransitive) To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
- (intransitive) To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions.
- (intransitive) To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
- To adorn with beautiful figures or rhetoric; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.
- (intransitive) To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
- A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
- With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.
- An ornamentation.
- His signature ended with a flourish.
- (music) A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
- The trumpets blew a flourish as they entered the church.
- (architecture) A decorative embellishment on a building.