Definition of florist in English:



  • A person who sells and arranges cut flowers.

    • ‘Never eat flowers sold by nurseries or florists; they are not grown for consumption.’
    • ‘When he got back into town he would stop at the first florist and pick up flowers.’
    • ‘In the western world these plants are well known as a source of garden flowers and florists ' blooms.’
    • ‘Note that in North America, it is normal practice for florists to deliver flowers in a container such as a vase or basket.’
    • ‘They are indigenous evergreen shrubs with large showy flower heads prized by florists and plant collectors all over the world.’
    • ‘Gloriosa is very popular as a cut flower with florists.’
    • ‘The couple, who are retired florists and market gardeners, use the greenhouse to grow plants for an annual garden party to raise money for a donkey sanctuary in Devon.’
    • ‘A couple of years ago I walked past a florist selling bunches of native bluebells.’
    • ‘I dragged him to go shopping for lavender but none of the florists seem to sell quite the same.’
    • ‘Over the decades, when the Clifford Street florist provided flowers for a wedding, they asked for a photo of the big day to go on display in the shop.’
    • ‘She had returned to live with her mother and had got a job as a florist in Leeds Market.’
    • ‘Louisiana appears to be the only state in the nation that treats unlicensed florists making unauthorized arrangements as a public menace.’
    • ‘Among the services offered was a lifetime contract for fresh flowers on the graves, which Parker promised to arrange with a local florists.’
    • ‘I chose a cushion of yellow flowers from the florist's rather morbid catalogue, and wrote a card for it.’
    • ‘We enjoy selling to florists because florists love flowers as much as we do.’
    • ‘If you don't have many flowers in your garden, use ones from a florist's shop or market.’
    • ‘He made a stop in Town at a florist and sent flowers and cards to Lady Benthorne, Lady Vannington, and Miss Howitt.’
    • ‘The tie-up we have established with various florists across the country has helped us supply flowers even at Mumbai and Delhi.’
    • ‘The area's obsession with flowers means local florists are burning the midnight oil just to keep up with demand.’
    • ‘In the Cours Saleya markets, those florists who toil by night to create the float of the year spend their days vying for trade over the rest of their blooms.’


Early 17th century: from Latin flos, flor- ‘flower’, on the pattern of French fleuriste or Italian florista.