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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
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  • His small shop is wedged in between a florist and a ticket-scalper.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • In June the florist's shop is a poor place, sedulously to be shunned.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "These are the first flowers from a florist's that I ever received," she said.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • I suppose you've only got to call a florist and tell him to send you some orchids?

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Lee had stopped at a florist's and bought a rose for his buttonhole.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • She had the Druggist 'phone the florist, and then rewarded him by purchasing three Stamps.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • I encouraged her to go on, for a compliment is more food for my soul than all the white hyacinths in a florist's window.

    At the Age of Eve Kate Trimble Sharber
  • The florist and his assistants had been there in their absence, and were just leaving.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • At last the car passed the door of the florist's Winifred had described.

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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