Word of the Day – Nosegay

By June 19, 2018Word of the Day

Nosegay (noun) (literary)


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

Late Middle English: from nose + gay in the obsolete sense ‘ornament’.

Example sentences

“She completed the look with a nosegay on her bodice.”

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