Definition of snowflake in English:

snowflake

noun

  • 1A flake of snow, especially a feathery ice crystal, typically displaying delicate sixfold symmetry.

    • ‘He watched the tiny snowflakes drift onto his black jean pants.’
    • ‘They slowly walked down the road as the tiny white snowflakes fell lightly to the ground.’
    • ‘Natalie loved the snow and she stood at her window watching the snowflakes fall.’
    • ‘He smiled and held out his tongue trying to catch a snowflake on his tongue.’
    • ‘Delicate snowflakes drifted down to land on a head of long blonde curls.’
    • ‘He put his hand out and watched the snowflakes melt on his fingers.’
    • ‘Without hesitation, the blond-haired boy took off again, snowflakes drifting into his face.’
    • ‘Memories whirled through her mind like the snowflakes in the blizzard.’
    • ‘The process is like examining a single snowflake in a blizzard.’
    • ‘Tiny snowflakes brushed her face as they fell, fluttering to the ground.’
    • ‘Thick snowflakes swirled, and stung his eyes.’
    • ‘But the moment she was born it snowed such thick and fluffy snowflakes it amazed everyone in the hospital.’
    • ‘I stared out at the drifting snowflakes absently, sitting at the counter with Connor in actual peace.’
    • ‘However, given the right weather conditions, the probability that triangular snowflakes will occur is high.’
    • ‘We had gone barely a hundred yards when a few snowflakes began to drift downwards.’
    • ‘As I walked along the concrete sidewalk snowflakes began to fall from the grayish sky.’
    • ‘I looked up at the night sky and snowflakes landed on my face.’
    • ‘The waters envelop me as a few snowflakes land in my hair.’
    • ‘When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost.’
    • ‘Gradually, the snowflake melts inside her palm.’
  • 2informal, derogatory An overly sensitive or easily offended person, or one who believes they are entitled to special treatment on account of their supposedly unique characteristics.

    ‘these little snowflakes will soon discover that life doesn't come with trigger warnings’
    ‘these parents think their kid is such a special snowflake that they should be allowed to circumvent the rules’
    • ‘Calling out actual injustice, or being offended by something that is actually offensive doesn't mean you're a snowflake.’
    • ‘My account was suspended because some snowflake got offended by me on Twitter.’
    • ‘This snowflake is offended by his own post.’
    • ‘Aren't you a snowflake for being offended?’
    • ‘I have learned that voicing my opinion online immediately attracts ‘special snowflake’ trolls, who write ‘Aww, special snowflake’.’
    • ‘But whatever you do be careful to not upset the snowflakes.’
    • ‘There are no statistics to back up this claim, but some say millennials are oversensitive, hyper-censorious snowflakes who aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy about something.’
    • ‘Accusations of being snowflakes, entitled, whiners and slackers have constantly been leveled at our nation’s young adults.’
    • ‘A marketing firm has formulated a special survey to weed out ‘whiny, entitled’ snowflakes, job candidates who are doomed to melt at the first sign of trouble.’
    • ‘Any parent who expects a business to take more steps than they are willing to do to ‘protect’ their special snowflake needs to have the kids removed for their own safety.’
    coward, namby-pamby, milksop, mouse, weakling, milquetoast
  • 3A white-flowered Eurasian plant related to and resembling the snowdrop, typically blooming in the summer or autumn.

    Genus Leucojum, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae)

    • ‘The summer snowflake also belongs to this group of taller plants.’
    • ‘In between the hellebores we have planted Leucojum aestivum, the summer snowflake.’
    • ‘Summer flowering plants are indicated by the Latin name aestate; there's Leucojum aestivum, the summer snowflake, and Adonis aestivalis from the buttercup family.’

Pronunciation

snowflake

/ˈsnəʊfleɪk/