boutonniere [ boot-n-eer, boo-tuhn-yair ]
1. a flower or small bouquet worn, usually by a man, in the buttonhole of a lapel.
WORDS RELATED TO BOUTONNIERE
pot, wreath, garland, vase, nosegay, posy, festoon, spray, buttonhole, corsage, lei, flower, sentiment, bouquet, blossom, verse, motto
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Origin: 1875–80; < French boutonnière buttonhole (boutonbutton + -ière suffix for things that facilitate the use of that denoted by the stem < Latin -āria-ary
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR BOUTONNIERE
An after dinner cigar, and a little boutonniere of fragrant flowers furnished by a gray-haired old lady, completed the program.
THE EVERETT MASSACRE|WALKER C. SMITH
At each place, beside the napkin, is a rich red rose, just large enough to form a dainty boutonniere.
He lifted the lapel of his coat, carrying the boutonniere to his nose.
THE WHITE MOLL|FRANK L. PACKARD
Then as she glanced at the lapel of his coat she continued: "And you must have a boutonniere; may I select something for you?"
THE HEATHERFORD FORTUNE|MRS. GEORGIE SHELDON
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