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flour·ish / ˈflərish/ • v. 1. [intr.] (of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, esp. as the result of a particularly favorable environment: wild plants flourish on the banks of the lake. ∎  develop rapidly and successfully: the organization has continued to flourish. ∎  (of a person) be working or at the height of one's career during a specified period: the caricaturist and wit who flourished in the early years of this century. 2. [tr.] (of a person) wave (something) around to attract the attention of others: “Happy New Year!” he yelled, flourishing a bottle of whiskey. • n. 1. a bold or extravagant gesture or action, made esp. to attract the attention of others: with a flourish, she ushered them inside. ∎  an instance of suddenly performing or developing in an impressively successful way: the Bulldogs produced a late second-half flourish. ∎  an elaborate rhetorical or literary expression. ∎  an ornamental flowing curve in handwriting or scrollwork: spiky gothic letters with an emphatic flourish beneath them. 2. Mus. a fanfare played by brass instruments: a flourish of trumpets. ∎  an ornate musical passage. ∎  an improvised addition played esp. at the beginning or end of a composition. DERIVATIVES: flour·ish·er n. ORIGIN: Middle English: from Old French floriss-, lengthened stem of florir, based on Latin florere, from flos, flor- ‘a flower.’ The noun senses ‘ornamental curve’ and ‘florid expression’ come from an obsolete sense of the verb, ‘adorn’ (originally with flowers).

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A. †blossom, flower XIII; thrive XIV; be in the prime XIV;

B. †adorn, embellish XIII;

C. †display, parade; brandish XIV; brag, swagger XVI. — (O)F. floriss-, lengthened stem (see -ISH2) of florir (mod. fleurir) :- Rom. *flōrīre, for L. flōrēre, f. flōr- FLOWER.
Hence sb. A. (dial.) mass of bloom; †vigour, prime XVI; B. embellishment XVII; C. brandishing of a weapon; fanfare XVI.

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flourish.
1. A tpt. call of the fanfare type.

2. In a more general sense any florid instr. passage.

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Flourish ★★ 2006 (PG-13)

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