Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flower or cluster of flowers.
  • n. The condition or time of flowering: peach trees in blossom.
  • n. A period or condition of maximum development. See Synonyms at bloom1.
  • intransitive v. To come into flower; bloom.
  • intransitive v. To develop; flourish: The child blossomed into a beauty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flower, especially indicative of fruit as seen on a fruit tree etc.; taken collectively as the mass of such flowers.
  • n. The state or season of producing such flowers.
  • v. To have or open into blossoms; to bloom.
  • v. To begin to thrive or flourish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The flower of a plant, or the essential organs of reproduction, with their appendages; florescence; bloom; the flowers of a plant, collectively.
  • n. A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise.
  • n. The color of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs; -- otherwise called peach color.
  • intransitive v. To put forth blossoms or flowers; to bloom; to blow; to flower.
  • intransitive v. To flourish and prosper; to develop into a superior type.
  • intransitive v. to appear or grow as if by blossoming; to spread out rapidly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put forth blossoms or flowers; bloom; blow; flower: often used figuratively.
  • n. The flower of a plant, usually more or less conspicuous from the colored leaflets which form it and which are generally of more delicate texture than the leaves of the plant.
  • n. The state of flowering or bearing flowers; bloom: as, the apple-tree is in blossom.
  • n. Any person, thing, state, or condition likened to a blossom or to the bloom of a plant.
  • n. A color consisting of a white ground mingled evenly with sorrel and bay, occurring in the coats of some horses.
  • n. The outcrop of a coal-seam, usually consisting of decomposed shale mixed with coaly matter; also, sometimes, the appearance about the outcrop of any mineral lode in which oxidizable ores occur.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. develop or come to a promising stage
  • n. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  • n. reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
  • v. produce or yield flowers

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English blōstm; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English blosme, from Old English blōstm, blōstma, from Proto-Germanic *blōstama (compare West Frisian blossem, Dutch bloesem), enlargement of *blōstaz (compare German Blust), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃-s- ‘bloom, flower’ (compare Latin flōs ‘flower’, Flōra ‘goddess of plants’, Albanian bleron ("to blossom, thrive") ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- ‘to thrive, bloom’. More at blow. (Wiktionary)

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  • Pink as in cherry blossom pink.

    March 23, 2009

  • I sit in and dwell on faces past
    Like memories seem to fade
    No color left but black and white
    And soon will all turn gray
    But may these shadows rise to walk again
    With lessons truly learnt
    When the blossom flowers in each our hearts
    Shall beat a new found flame

    October 9, 2007