Definitions

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

  • n. A small cluster or arrangement of flowers.
  • n. The fragrance typical of a wine or liqueur. See Synonyms at fragrance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bunch of flowers.
  • n. The scent of a particular wine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nosegay; a bunch of flowers.
  • n. A perfume; an aroma.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nosegay; a bunch of flowers; hence, something resembling a bunch of flowers, as a cluster of precious stones, a piece or flight of fireworks, etc.
  • n. An agreeable non-spiritous perfume characteristic of some wiues.
  • n. See the extract. Also called bouquet of herbs and fagot of herbs.

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

  • n. a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
  • n. an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present

Etymologies

French, from Old French bosquet, thicket, diminutive of bosc, forest, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "That is what I call a bouquet," said Fleda, fain to leave the table, too, and draw near the tempting show in Florence's hand.

    Queechy, Volume II

  • "That is what I call a bouquet," said Fleda, fain to leave the table too and draw near the tempting shew in Florence's hand.

    Queechy

  • I hand over the half-dozen stems that I've collected and our bouquet is now 34 flowers strong.

    Tante Marie-Francoise

  • The bouquet is deep and lovely, as it offers up a complex mélange of tobacco leaf, black cherries, cassis, hot stones, herbs and a fine base of complex soil tones.

    Mayacamas - one of the greatest California Cabernets by John Gilman | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • The weekly "photo bouquet" is updated each Saturday with a dozen or more fresh-as-baguette photos of France.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Today I was amazed to receive this beautiful flower bouquet from a group of friends, so lovely that I had to display it on my dresser and post a picture.

    Flowers for the Resurrection

  • Apparently, being open to catching a bouquet is not enough.

    Catching the Bouquet « Happy Healthy Hip Parenting

  • If you don't have a garden a small bouquet is always welcome.

    Affordable Gifts

  • Henry Fonda was seventy-five and in poor health, but spotting the glint of that shiv of professional opportunism in his daughter's valedictory bouquet is actually refreshing.

    Calamity Jane

  • - Edward Blake had been in town a couple of weeks before, and he too received a bouquet from a little maiden.

    Sir John A. MacDonald, Empire Builder

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