From Old English florisshen, flurisshen, and from Old French floriss-, stem of some conjugated forms of florir, (French fleurir);, from Vulgar Latin florire, from Latin flōreō (“I bloom”) (with influence from flōrēscō), from flōs (“flower”). See flower + -ish.
- (intransitive) To thrive or grow well.
- The barley flourished in the warm weather.
- (intransitive) To prosper or fare well.
- The town flourished with the coming of the railway.
- The cooperation flourished as the customers rushed in the business.
- (intransitive) To be in a period of greatest influence.
- His writing flourished before the war.
- (transitive) To make bold, sweeping movements with.
- They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.
- See also Wikisaurus:prosper
flourish (plural flourishes)
- A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
- With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.
- An ornamentation.
- His signature ended with a flourish.
- (music) A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
- The trumpets blew a flourish as they entered the church.
- (architecture) A decorative embellishment on a building.