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florid
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
a florid style
Definition elaborate (with much decorative detail)
  • He welcomed them with a florid bow and greeting.
florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The hall is decorated with florid banners, carvings, and artwork.
  • florid = with much decorative detail
  • The Italian-made lace netting is overstitched with florid design.
  • Their style is clear, masculine, and smooth, but not florid; for they avoid nothing more than multiplying unnecessary words, or using various expressions.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)
  • ...and he saluted them with that florid, swaggering gesture to the hat...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • florid = elaborate (showy)
  • Miss Bartlett burst into florid gratitude.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • florid = elaborate
  • He responded with a hearty florid gesture.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • florid = elaborate
  • Felicia learned her florid language on those nights.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)
  • Even on Sunday, when it veiled its more florid charms and lay comparatively empty of passage, the street shone out in contrast to its dingy neighbourhood, like a fire in a forest; and with its freshly painted shutters, well-polished brasses, and general cleanliness and gaiety of note, instantly caught and pleased the eye of the passenger.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • florid = elaborate (decorative details)
  • One Sunday night, lost in fruity metaphors and florid diction, Judge Taylor's attention was wrenched from the page by an irritating scratching noise.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)

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2  —as in:
florid color
Definition a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
  • Symptoms include loss of concentration and a florid face.
florid = a reddish complexion
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I had expected that Mr. Gatsby would be a florid and corpulent person in his middle years.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • florid = having a reddish complexion
  • My Miss Kirwin, who was a tall, florid, buxom lady with battleship-gray hair, taught civics and current events.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • florid = with a reddish complexion
  • Outside this building a florid-faced officer formed us into a double column and marched us across a broad parade ground.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • florid = reddish (cheeks or complexion)
  • His face was florid and smudged with dirt.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • florid = red
  • A thin, dark man with a florid face...
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • florid = a reddish complexion
  • When Ivan Ilych came home and entered his study he found his brother-in-law there — a healthy, florid man...
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • florid = with a healthy reddish complexion
  • I glanced again at his florid face, saw he looked decent and climbed into the leather seat beside him.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • florid = reddish
  • In front, upon a raised platform behind a rail, sat a stout, florid-faced personage, with a nose broken out in purple blotches.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • florid = reddish colored
  • Jack Roussin, the priest, a beefy man with a florid complexion, would declaim on poverty and injustice, voices in the congregation calling out amens.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
florid = reddish

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Less commonly:
In historical writing, florid can also refer to flowers--as when something is covered with flowers.
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