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bouquet

[boh-key, boo- for 1, 2; boo-key or, occasionally, boh- for 3] /boʊˈkeɪ, bu- for 1, 2; buˈkeɪ or, occasionally, boʊ- for 3/
noun
1.
a bunch of flowers; nosegay.
2.
a compliment:
The drama critics greeted her performance with bouquets.
3.
the characteristic aroma of wines, liqueurs, etc.
Origin of bouquet
1710-1720
1710-20; < French: bunch, orig. thicket, grove; Old French bosquet, equivalent to bosc wood (< Germanic; see bosk, bush1) + -et -et
Synonyms
3. scent, odor, fragrance, perfume, nose.
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  • She loosed the hand of her stage lover, and dropping a bouquet, held out two small hands to Ulick covered with violet powder.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • She had taken the bouquet of violets and breathed the perfume to cool her feverishness.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The Crown Prince put down the bouquet, and proceeded to stand near the steersman.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But when he heard that bouquet had escaped from prison, he really felt relieved.

  • Put at each end a bouquet of clams Newburg, and pour on each side of the omelet a little sauce Newburg.

British Dictionary definitions for bouquet

bouquet

noun
1.
(bəʊˈkeɪ; buː-). a bunch of flowers, esp a large carefully arranged one
2.
Also called nose (buːˈkeɪ). the characteristic aroma or fragrance of a wine or liqueur
3.
a compliment or expression of praise
Word Origin
C18: from French: thicket, from Old French bosc forest, wood, probably of Germanic origin; see bush1
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Word Origin and History for bouquet
n.

1716, introduced to English by Lady Mary Montague from French bouquet, originally "little wood," from Picard form of Old French bochet (14c.), diminutive of bosco, from Medieval Latin boscus "grove" (see bush (n.)).

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