What Is a Nosegay Bouquet?

Today’s nosegay bouquets are associated mainly with weddings. This round arrangement is known for its densely packed flowers which are often bound with a ribbon. While the bride usually carries a larger bouquet, the members of the wedding party usually carry the smaller nosegays. In addition to weddings, nosegay bouquets are also popular as gifts for a variety of occasions.

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Nosegay, also called tussie-mussie, or posey, small, hand-held bouquet popular in mid- 19th-century Victorian England as an accessory carried by fashionable ladies. Composed of mixed flowers and herbs and edged with a paper frill or greens, the arrangement was sometimes inserted into a silver filigree holder. When supplied by an admirer, a nosegay became a vehicle for the floral “language of love”—e.g., a red tulipdogwood returned by the young lady was a sign of indifference; a variegated pink meant that she rejected her suitor’s affection. This variety of bouquet has enjoyed periodic revivals.

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Nosegay is a homegrown word – that is, it originated in English. Fifteenth-century Middle English speakers joined „nose“ (which meant then what it does today) with „gay“ (which at the time meant „ornament“). That makes „nosegay“ an appropriate term for a bunch of flowers, which is indeed an ornament that appeals to the nose. Today the word nosegay is especially common in the bridal business, where it usually refers to a specific type of bouquet: a round, tight bunch of flowers as opposed to a cascading bouquet or other type of arrangement. Occasionally, the word is used metaphorically for things that somehow resemble a bouquet. For example, a compact collection of enjoyably lighthearted short stories might be called „a nosegay of a book.“

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Appearance

Nosegay is a fairly solemn-looking, reddish-brown anteater with a lighter brown face and paws. She has white arms, possible to give her the illusion of wearing a long-sleeved shirt. She has small, half-closed black eyes, with blue eyeshadow and a single eyelash on each. Her tail is fluffy and reddish-brown, and the insides of her ears are pink. Her initial shirt is the Loud Bloom Shirt, which may reference her name.

Personality

Nosegay has a normal personality, and frequently acts kind towards the player. Normal villagers generally get along well with peppysmugsnooty and other normal villagers. Nosegay may conflict with cranky and sisterly villagers. As a normal villager, Nosegay will usually wake up at 6:00 am and is easier to befriend than most. Both normal and peppy villagers reference an unseen friend known as Moppina.

House

In Nosegay’s house, she has no specific theme. She has many paintings and two Gyroids, the Mini Tootoid and the Mega Lullaboid. She also has a red econo-chair. The wallpaper in her home is the Melon Wall and the flooring is the Shanty Flooring. There is no stereo in her starting home, but if she obtains one The K. Funk will play on it.

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Example sentences from the Web for nosegay

When our nosegay is ready, we lay the cone with the flowers very carefully in a dish of water.

So she has a notion she must be very fine indeed now, carrying a nosegay bigger than her own head.

So Catherine sings, as she gathers her nosegay: „Away to the woods alone“ and „My heart is for him, my heart is for him.“

It would puzzle a gardener to surpass the elegance and delicacy of such a nosegay.

So what does he do, on obtaining the nosegay, but examine it well.

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Early History

While today’s nosegay bouquets are mainly associated with weddings, that has not always been the case. First introduced in the Middle Ages, nosegays — also called tussie mussies — were worn in the lapels of both men and women. Since bathing was not performed regularly, clothes were often worn several days in a row and there was little attention given to sanitation, strong odors usually pervaded everyday life. In addition, many believed that bubonic plague was caused by breathing the „bad air.“ By wearing these small bouquets, it was easy to turn one’s head to the side and breathe deeply of these sweet smelling flowers, thus keeping the „nose gay“ or happy.

The Victorian Era

By the time Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837, nosegays were considered the fashion „must have.“ Instead of just being skilled in piano playing, singing, sewing and art, an accomplished young lady of the time also learned how to make these small bouquets. Those who were fortunate enough to receive a formal education also took courses in floral arrangement where they learned the meaning of each flower. These meanings were derived from classical mythology, folklore and religious symbolism. In addition, most suitors gave their intended small bouquets. Flowers for these were carefully selected for the message they were believed to convey.

Nosegay Bouquets Today

Today’s nosegays usually consist of a central flower or flowers, such as two or three roses, then several „filler flowers“ and herbs such as lavender, baby’s breath, rosemary, ivy or mint. Around he outside of the flowers and herbs are leaves for framing the flowers. Some of the most commonly used leaves are those from geraniums, violets, lamb’s ears or even hosta. These flowers are then tied, wrapped with a paper or lace doily and secured with ribbon. Often a card is included that lists the meaning of each of the flowers.

Other Uses

In addition to weddings, today’s nosegays are used for center pieces, hospital tables, curtain tiebacks and even Christmas ornaments. Perhaps one of the most unusual uses of nosegays is found in English courtrooms. There nosegays are carried into England’s highest court six times a year to commemorate their use there in Elizabethan times to ward off „gaol“ or „jail“ fever.

Carolyn Kaberline has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her articles have appeared in local, regional and national publications and have covered a variety of topics. In addition to writing, she’s also a full-time high-school English and journalism teacher. Kaberline earned a Bachelor of Arts in technical journalism from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in education from Baker University.

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Einträge aus unserem Wörterbuch, in denen „nosegay“ vorkommt:

…- mit einer roten Nase) nosebag, nosebleed, nosecone, nosedive, noseflute, nosering, nosewheel, nosegay, nosey Übersetzungen Deutsch: 1) Nase (weiblich), Riechorgan (sächlich); 2)…

nosegays (Englisch) Wortart: Deklinierte Form Silbentrennung: nose|gays Aussprache/Betonung: IPA: [-z] Grammatische Merkmale: Plural des Substantivs nosegay

Wörterbucheinträge

Einträge aus unserem Wörterbuch, in denen „nosegay“ vorkommt:

…- mit einer roten Nase) nosebag, nosebleed, nosecone, nosedive, noseflute, nosering, nosewheel, nosegay, nosey Übersetzungen Deutsch: 1) Nase (weiblich), Riechorgan (sächlich); 2)…

nosegays (Englisch) Wortart: Deklinierte Form Silbentrennung: nose|gays Aussprache/Betonung: IPA: [-z] Grammatische Merkmale: Plural des Substantivs nosegay

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nosegays (Englisch) Wortart: Deklinierte Form Silbentrennung: nose|gays Aussprache/Betonung: IPA: [-z] Grammatische…

nosem (Polnisch) Wortart: Deklinierte Form Grammatische Merkmale: Instrumental Singular des Substantivs nos nosem…

noseriding (Englisch) Wortart: Partizip I Grammatische Merkmale: Partizip Präsens (present participle) des Verbs noseride

noses (Englisch) Wortart: Deklinierte Form Silbentrennung: noses Aussprache/Betonung: IPA: [-ɪz] Grammatische…

noseta (Okzitanisch) Wortart: Substantiv, (weiblich) Wortbedeutung/Definition: 1) Anatomie: die Kniescheibe Synonyme: 1)…

noshed (Englisch) Wortart: Konjugierte Form Grammatische Merkmale: Präteritum (simple past) des Verbs nosh Wortart: …

noshes (Englisch) Wortart: Konjugierte Form Grammatische Merkmale: 3. Person Singular Indikativ Präsens Aktiv des Verbs nosh

noshing (Englisch) Wortart: Partizip I Grammatische Merkmale: Partizip Präsens (present participle) des Verbs nosh

nosie (Polnisch) Wortart: Deklinierte Form Grammatische Merkmale: Lokativ Singular des Substantivs nosVokativ Singular des…

Etymology[edit]

From Late nōsegai (?), [1] from nōse(“nose”) (from Old English nosu,[2] ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nas-(“nose”)) + gai(“a bright or gay object; an ornament”)[3] (from gai(“cheerful, gay, happy”)); equivalent to nosegay.

Origin

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

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