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boutonniere

[boot-n-eer, boo-tuh n-yair] /ˌbut nˈɪər, ˌbu tənˈyɛər/
noun
1.
a flower or small bouquet worn, usually by a man, in the buttonhole of a lapel.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French boutonnière buttonhole (bouton button + -ière suffix for things that facilitate the use of that denoted by the stem < Latin -āria -ary
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  • He usually sported a boutonniere in the lapel of his well-tailored suits.
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British Dictionary definitions for boutonniere

boutonniere

/ˌbʊtɒnɪˈɛə/
noun
1.
another name for buttonhole (sense 2)
Word Origin
C19: from French: buttonhole, from boutonbutton
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Word Origin and History for boutonniere
n.

1877, from French boutonnière, from bouton (see button (n.)).

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