Definition of nosegay in English:



  • A small bunch of flowers, typically one that is sweet-scented.

    ‘a nosegay worn at the waist or bodice’
    • ‘Cut fresh flowers from the garden and make up little nosegays for each table.’
    • ‘The procession stopped outside the church, where the prisoners received a nosegay of flowers, and stopped at a tavern or two later along the route so they could enjoy a final pint of ale.’
    • ‘The bouquet itself was a nosegay of violets with a pink rose in the center.’
    • ‘A uniformed man just inside the entry handed them each a small nosegay of flowers from a large wicker basket next to him.’
    • ‘Floral artists form perfect nosegays with bundled stems wrapped and tied in raffia ribbons.’
    bouquet, bunch, bunch of flowers, spray, corsage
    posy, bouquet, spray, bunch, sprig, buttonhole, corsage
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Late Middle English: from nose + gay in the obsolete sense ‘ornament’.