Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A flower or small bunch of flowers worn in a buttonhole.

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  • noun A small flower or bunch of flowers worn in a buttonhole or pinned to the lapel of a jacket.

Etymologies

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

[French boutonnière, from Old French, buttonhole, from bouton, button; see button.]

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From French boutonnière

Examples

  • "She always checked that I wore what she called a boutonniere, and that I had ash on my forehead on Ash Wednesday."

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  • Suddenly, benign words like "boutonniere" and "function hall" have the power to bring Andy to his knees but not, unfortunately, in the proposal position.

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  • Many colleges and universities of America consider music as a kind of boutonniere ....

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  • If a man were a quitter, and gave a speech in that situation, he wouldn't be wearing a boutonniere.

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  • Rico Rodriguez, the 12-year-old actor who plays the young, precocious Manny on "Modern Family," was cradling his like a baby and had attached his white boutonniere to it.

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  • Carnations showed up regularly in works of art and literature in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries; the fr illy boutonniere-favorite was considered important enough to warrant a mention by Shakespeare ( "Love's Labour's Lost") and a depiction by da Vinci ( "Madonna With the Carnation," 1475, currently hanging in a German museum).

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  • He was nattily dressed in a waistcoat and tails, with a boutonniere and spats on his shoes.

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  • It is unbearable to plan for my brother to give me away, to tell the florist that we do not need a boutonniere for my father, and to tell the DJ that there will be no father-daughter dance.

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  • He was nattily dressed in a waistcoat and tails, with a boutonniere and spats on his shoes.

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  • Rivera carried a bouquet of white roses, and Ortiz wore a matching white rose boutonniere.

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