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.
- Pronunciation: / ˈflɜːrɪʃ/
- English description: make steady progress; be at the high point in career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance
- Synonyms: prosper
- Chinese Translation: 繁荣(fan2 rong2)
- Spanish Translation: floritura
- ORIGIN: 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.
- I expect we'll see that idea flourish in strange and awesome ways in the next decade.
- It was one of a small handful of production flourishes in what turned out to be a simple, stripped-back stage show.
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