Definition of floruit in English:


(also fl., flor.)


  • Used in conjunction with a specified period or set of dates to indicate when a particular historical figure lived, worked, or was most active.

    • ‘Pherekydes, floruit ca. 440, provides the first attestation of this version of the myth, though it may have existed prior to this date.’
    • ‘Something by Gough should be out of copyright (he was floruiting during WWI).’
    • ‘The principal German type was the three- or four-voice Tenorlied, which floruited c 1450- c 1550.’


  • The period during which a historical figure lived or worked.

    ‘they place Nicander's floruit in the middle of the 2nd century BC’
    • ‘Born perhaps c. 575-570 (Eusebius gives his floruit as 536 / 5), he probably joined in the foundation of Abdera in Thrace by the Teans fleeing before the threat of the Persian general Harpagus in 545.’
    • ‘Zeuxis' floruit is given by Pliny as 397 bc, but Plato portrays him as young and newly arrived in Athens c. 430.’


Mid 19th century: Latin, literally he or she flourished.