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.

Definitions of flourish
  1. verb
    grow vigorously
    synonyms: boom, expand, thrive
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    be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength
    thrive profusely or flourish extensively
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    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  2. verb
    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
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    fail to progress or succeed
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    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  3. noun
    the act of waving
    synonyms: brandish
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    wafture, wave, waving
    the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
  4. noun
    a showy gesture
    “she entered with a great flourish
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    type of:
    gesture, motion
    the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
  5. noun
    an ornamental embellishment in writing
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    a flourish added after or under your signature (originally to protect against forgery)
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    a superfluous ornament
  6. noun
    a display of ornamental speech or language
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    grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, rhetoric
    high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
  7. verb
    move or swing back and forth
    synonyms: brandish, wave
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    send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  8. noun
    (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
    “he entered to a flourish of trumpets”
    synonyms: fanfare, tucket
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    type of:
    air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
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