flourish

A flourish is an extra touch — a trumpet's "ta-ta-da!" announcing a king's entrance, a fancy carving atop an otherwise utilitarian pillar, a wave of a flag or a cheerleader's pompom.

Flourish can also mean "growth": "With the right teacher, a child will flourish." To understand how the two meanings of flourish connect, remember that the word "flower" (spelled flour-) is hiding inside it. Flowers are used for decoration and ornamentation, but they also grow. Get it? Good for you! Imagine a cheerleader shouting out your name, flourishing her pom-poms.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: flourish

1
v
grow vigorously
2
nv
the act of waving
move or swing back and forth
3
n
(music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: flourish
1

v grow vigorously

Synonyms:
boom, expand, thrive
Types:
revive
be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength
luxuriate
thrive profusely or flourish extensively
Type of:
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

v make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

Synonyms:
fly high, prosper, thrive
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
2

n the act of waving

Synonyms:
brandish
Type of:
wafture, wave, waving
the act of signaling by a movement of the hand

n a showy gesture

“she entered with a great flourish
Type of:
gesture, motion
the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

n an ornamental embellishment in writing

Types:
paraph
a flourish added after or under your signature (originally to protect against forgery)
Type of:
embellishment
a superfluous ornament

n a display of ornamental speech or language

Type of:
grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, rhetoric
high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation

v move or swing back and forth

Synonyms:
brandish, wave
Types:
wigwag
send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
3

n (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments

“he entered to a flourish of trumpets”
Synonyms:
fanfare, tucket
Type of:
air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
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