Definition of floral in English:



  • 1Of flowers.

    ‘floral tributes’
    • ‘The town will be gaily decorated with window boxes, flower beds and floral arrangements - so expect Bagenalstown to be a riot of flowers on Sunday.’
    • ‘Then, what can only be described as a sea of flowers, was laid all around, each floral tribute reverently placed by a member of the Civil Defence.’
    • ‘After the minute's silence, passengers moved to inspect the books of condolence which were placed on a table decorated with a floral arrangement of white roses, daisies and lilies.’
    • ‘British Sea Power have made the first of two floral tributes with a performance at the Chelsea Flower Show and a nice line in wild flowers soon to follow.’
    • ‘An eye-catching floral tribute to England rugby star Jonny Wilkinson helped Doncaster to shine in this year's Yorkshire in Bloom competition.’
    • ‘Admirers of Chawla paid floral tributes to her.’
    • ‘Veronica Troy, of Bonnie's Bouquets, Lismore, will give a Christmas floral demonstration in the community centre.’
    • ‘The only floral tribute was a heart made of his favourite flowers, Sweet Williams, and a posy of white roses to represent Yorkshire.’
    • ‘In mid June the Church will host an array of beautiful floral arrangements depicting parish, celebration and community.’
    • ‘The town will be decorated with window boxes, flower beds and floral arrangements, including the Royal Oak Bridge, Market Square and the river frontage.’
    flower, of flowers, made of flowers
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    1. 1.1 Decorated with or depicting flowers.
      ‘a floral pattern’
      • ‘She glanced about the room again, taking in the large bed and dressers all decorated with the same floral pattern as the wallpaper.’
      • ‘To create a consistent floral pattern, draw one flower carefully and photocopy it several times.’
      • ‘But at the end of the day, I laid my head on the tacky floral pattern of the motel pillow, and I missed Callum's silly babbling and baby cuddles.’
      • ‘The vibrant colours of pink, blue and white, decorated with floral patterns, represented the arrival of spring.’
      • ‘In the background is an elaborately decorated miniature floral royal Thai boat.’
      • ‘The brocade incorporates Chinese symbols such as the dragon, fusing Islamic motifs like vine and floral patterns with a distinctly Far-Eastern style.’
      • ‘The walls are decorated with floral pictures while the day room is blue and green.’
      • ‘Shocking patterns, floral prints, butterfly in the collar, bias cut and chic fabrics make the simple wear charming.’
      • ‘The walls were painted a beige tone with blue floral wallpaper decorating the top quarter.’
      • ‘Small newspaper rolls stuck together, decorated with floral patterns are designed to bedeck refrigerators.’
      • ‘Together with floral patterns, stripes and dots, Sino gives a combination design of abstract and direct observation.’
      • ‘Traditional lamps lined the corridors and every department's entrance was decorated with floral designs.’
      • ‘Four pillars stood in the centre: the altar was partitioned off with wrought iron grilles and the side walls were tiled in blue and white floral patterns.’
      • ‘They were very solemn occasions during which the crowd, most of whom were wearing green ribbons, recited prayers for the dead and then decorated the cenotaph with floral wreaths.’
      • ‘Continually inspired by nature, Burton decorated many screens with floral sprays and more stylized organic designs.’
      • ‘She walked like a zombie inside the house, up a set of stairs and into a small bedroom decorated with blue floral wallpaper and a bedspread to match.’
      • ‘His creations include attractive-looking lampshades made of laminated and waxed paper, with dried flowers making for beautiful floral patterns.’
      • ‘One is decorated in floral wallpaper and has an apple green picture rail while the second has large built-in floor to ceiling mirrored wardrobes.’
      • ‘We were housed in one of the smallish but perfectly formed garden rooms, tastefully decorated in a floral theme with cosy en suite bathroom.’
      • ‘Zilkha did however produce a graceful match of polka dots and floral patterns in drop-waist dresses which will make for a very wearable ensemble when the sun comes back next spring.’
      flower-patterned, flower-pattern, flower-covered, flowery
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    2. 1.2Botany Of flora or floras.
      ‘faunal and floral evolution’
      • ‘The use of different annealing temperatures made it possible to distinguish clearly between the two floral morphs.’
      • ‘Mechanisms that prevent selfing and its harmful effects and promote more proficient pollen dispersal have shaped much of floral evolution.’
      • ‘These are decorated with the floral emblems of Australia and Greece, the wattle and the olive.’


  • A fabric with a floral design.

    • ‘Overtime, the Bedford's florals and chintz fell out of favor with the artists, art dealers and museum curators who frequented neighborhood theaters, galleries and museums.’
    • ‘The return of florals and chintz is also a reflection of a new opulence and conspicuous consumption in interiors.’
    • ‘In this bedroom, a painted plaid wall treatment blends happily with a panoply of pattern, including toile, florals, checks, dots, and - of course - stripes.’
    • ‘The couch and footstool were upholstered in black, cream and grey fabric, breaking an unwritten rule of interior design - don't mix stripes and florals.’
    • ‘Amidst the chintz, the florals and the pastoral paintings hangs a watercolour of young boys bathing in a stream.’
    • ‘Classic plaids and florals in a bouquet of colors energize the suite while remaining compatible with the 1929 architecture.’
    • ‘He imagined luminous blends, created unexpected combinations and clashing patterns of plaids, paisley and florals.’
    • ‘While the company can accommodate nearly any fabric a customer wants, florals and embroidery, especially for cushions, are very big for this spring and summer.’
    • ‘Shaw's Color Palette line of high-end area rugs offers a variety of designs in 100 colors, ranging from pastels and true florals to natural tones.’
    • ‘Wall coverings include florals, ticking, toile, and moirés depending on the level of formality.’
    • ‘Petrara of Harvey Fabrics agreed that stripes, florals and other motifs are going to be dominant.’
    • ‘Pretty bow and lace details mix with playful florals, cherry prints, stripes and polka dot mesh.’
    • ‘There is the feminine type who wears florals, chiffons and floaty silks in pastels.’
    • ‘The range included chenille fabrics that looked like embroidered florals, whimsical themes and heathered abstracts as well as dramatic contemporary bouclés.’
    • ‘Some will cite a riot of paisley, fleur-de-lis or kitsch 1970s-style florals; others might envisage a gathering of smiling cherubs or a linear delight of bold and colourful stripes.’
    • ‘Crushed printed sheers on polyester voile also are popular, as are lightweight yarn dyes with top beam plaids accented with woven florals or small designs.’
    • ‘You could even switch themes from bright, cheery florals for spring and summer, to more traditional tones for fall and winter.’
    • ‘There were carpets with woven scenes of hunts and landscapes or just florals.’
    • ‘Rooms for feminine use look pretty and romantic in lacy textures or soft, out-of-focus florals in misty tones.’
    • ‘Classic ticking stripes, florals, and plaids - all linen - revitalize the old spool beds without making them look new.’


Mid 18th century: from Latin flos, flor- ‘flower’ + -al.