Definitions

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

  • noun A small bunch of flowers; a bouquet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bunch of flowers used to regale the sense of smell; a posy; a bouquet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A bunch of odorous and showy flowers; a bouquet; a posy.

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  • noun A small bunch of fragrant flowers or herbs, tied in a bundle, often presented as a gift on meeting, and originally intended to be put to the nose for the pleasant sensation, or to mask unpleasant odours.

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

  • noun an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present

Etymologies

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

[Middle English : nose, nose; see nose + gai, joyous, ornament; see gay.]

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nose +‎ gay.

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  • Almost always preceded by "fragrant".

    October 3, 2007

  • For the Poorman's nosegay is an introduction to a Prince. (from Jubilate Agno by Christopher Smart)

    December 31, 2007

  • delightfully archaic

    August 13, 2008