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[flawr-ist, flohr-, flor-] /ˈflɔr ɪst, ˈfloʊr-, ˈflɒr-/
a retailer of flowers, ornamental plants, etc.
a grower of flowers.
Origin of florist
1615-25; flor- + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for florist
  • By contrast, a florist program was axed because of poor employment prospects for students.
  • Well, it's a tiny ten-table restaurant squeezed between a florist and a barbershop.
  • florist services are located on-site, so that giving a bouquet as a romantic surprise is a breeze.
  • She went to a florist and had wings made of flowers, and a circlet for her head.
  • Police are still hunting for a florist working in the hotel believed to have aided the bombers.
  • However, she also testified that her florist business has never made a profit.
  • Please contact your local florist to order an appropriate floral decoration.
British Dictionary definitions for florist


a person who grows or deals in flowers
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Word Origin and History for florist

1620s, formed on analogy of French fleuriste, from Latin floris, genitive of flos "flower" (see flora) + -ist.

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