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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
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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Examples from the web for bouquet
  • He was extremely well dressed with a flower bouquet in his arms.
  • Remove the herb bouquet from the soup and the cloves from the onion.
  • Now, there's a bouquet of things to correct, should anyone be in the mood.
  • Several drinkers remarked that there was an unpleasant chemical bouquet.
  • The way the story goes, he asked one of his nurses to put the bouquet in some water.
  • Plant your own bouquet flowers for an especially personal touch for your wedding.
  • With wedding season in full swing, you're probably dreading yet another vicious scrum under a ballistic bridal bouquet.
  • bouquet offers a limpid and deft performance, his quick shifts of emotion creating a chill all their own.
  • Put a couple dozen other flowers into a lavish bouquet.
  • But these flowers would not make an appealing bouquet.
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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