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Friday, March 09, 2001

Definitions for nosegay

  1. A bunch of odorous and showy flowers; a bouquet; a posy.

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Citations for nosegay
There was the glamour of George Pollexfen's horses, racing under his colours of primrose and violet: the children went to Lissadell races with four horses and postilions, nosegays of primroses and violets pinned to their coats. R. F. Foster, W.B. Yeats: A Life, Vol. 1
Fussing about in black smalls, silks, buckles, cocked hat, and always with a prodigious nosegay, Lowther could not conceivably have been a less romantic character. Kenneth R. Johnston, The Hidden Wordsworth
Origin of nosegay
Nosegay is nose and gay joined together to mean "something bright and showy that one holds to the nose."