From Middle English floryschen, from Old French floriss-, stem of some conjugated forms of florir (compare modern French fleurir), from Vulgar Latin *florīre, from Latin flōreō (“I bloom”) (and conjugation partly from flōrēscō), from flōs (“flower”). See flower + -ish.
flourish (third-person singular simple present flourishes, present participle flourishing, simple past and past participle flourished)
- (intransitive) To thrive or grow well.
- (intransitive) To prosper or fare well.
- (intransitive) To be in a period of greatest influence.
- (transitive) To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
- (transitive) To make bold, sweeping movements with.
- (intransitive) To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
- (intransitive) To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions.
- (intransitive) To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
- (transitive) To adorn with beautiful figures or rhetoric; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.
- (intransitive) To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To boast; to vaunt; to brag.
flourish (plural flourishes)
- A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
- An ornamentation.
- (music) A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
- (architecture) A decorative embellishment on a building.