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[boh-key, boo- for 1, 2; boo-key or, occasionally, boh- for 3] /boʊˈkeɪ, bu- for 1, 2; buˈkeɪ or, occasionally, boʊ- for 3/
a bunch of flowers; nosegay.
a compliment:
The drama critics greeted her performance with bouquets.
the characteristic aroma of wines, liqueurs, etc.
1710-20; < French: bunch, orig. thicket, grove; Old French bosquet, equivalent to bosc wood (< Germanic; see bosk, bush1) + -et -et
3. scent, odor, fragrance, perfume, nose. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bouquets
  • One day he received one of his usual bouquets from a patient.
  • Stalks of yucca burst with huge bouquets of tough, creamy white blossoms as big as ladling spoons.
  • Many wore blinders and had bouquets of calming chamomile tied to their harnesses.
  • Some even began to place bouquets of flowers beneath the spot where the painting once resided.
  • She was enormously spirited, and there were telephone calls and bouquets of roses.
  • There were too many people to acknowledge, to thank, to bequeath final bouquets.
  • They're serving up seven- course meals and choosing seven kinds of flowers for their bouquets.
  • Fresh, ruffly garden hydrangeas are a romantic choice for wedding bouquets.
  • Named varieties, many of them magnificent in bouquets, number in the tens of thousands.
  • Most lavenders dry beautifully for bouquets and attract bees and butterflies.
British Dictionary definitions for bouquets


(bəʊˈkeɪ; buː-). a bunch of flowers, esp a large carefully arranged one
Also called nose (buːˈkeɪ). the characteristic aroma or fragrance of a wine or liqueur
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 bouquets



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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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