General English

  • verb to grow well; to be successful
  • verb to wave something in the air


  • verb to live or grow well and increase in numbers


  • verb to be prosperous, to do well in business


  • noun a decorative curling line, attached to a normal character


  • In the Elizabethan and Jacobean theater, a fanfare of trumpets announcingthe ceremonial entrance of a monarch or ruler. The term is now mainly familiarfrom the stage directions to Shakespeare's plays (see, for example, HenryVI, Part 3, V. v and V. vii).

Origin & History of “flourish”

To flourish is etymologically to ‘flower’ – and indeed ‘come into flower, bloom’ is originally what the verb literally meant in English: ‘to smell the sweet savour of the vine when it flourisheth’, Geoffrey Chaucer, Parson’s Tale 1386. The metaphorical ‘thrive’ developed in the 14th century. The word comes from Old French floriss-, the stem of florir ‘bloom’, which goes back via vulgar Latin *florīre to classical Latin florēre, a derivative of flōs ‘flower’.