1. A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
    With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.
  2. An ornamentation.
    His signature ended with a flourish.
  3. A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
    The trumpets blew a flourish as they entered the church.
  4. A decorative embellishment on a building.


  1. To thrive or grow well.
  2. To prosper or fare well.
  3. To be in a period of greatest influence.
  4. To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
  5. To make bold, sweeping movements with.
  6. To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
  7. To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions.
  8. To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
  9. To adorn with beautiful figures or rhetoric; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.
  10. To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
  11. To boast; to vaunt; to brag.

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