From Middle English blosme, from Old English blōstm, blōstma, from Proto-Germanic *blōstama (compare West Frisian blossem, Dutch bloesem), enlargement of *blōstaz (compare German Blust), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃-s- (“bloom, flower”), from *bʰleh₃- (“to thrive, bloom”). Cognate with Latin flōs (“flower”), Flōra (“goddess of plants”), Albanian bleron (“to blossom, thrive”) More at blow.
- blasom (Jamaican English)
blossom (plural blossoms)
- A flower, especially indicative of fruit as seen on a fruit tree etc.; taken collectively as the mass of such flowers.
- The blossom has come early this year.
- The state or season of producing such flowers.
- The orchard is in blossom.
- (figuratively) A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise.
- in the blossom of my youth
- The colour of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs.
- (intransitive) To have or open into blossoms; to bloom.
- (intransitive) To begin to thrive or flourish.
- (have or open into blossoms): bloom, come into bloom, come into blossom, flower
- (begin to thrive or flourish): bloom, flourish, grow, prosper, thrive