To grow luxuriantly; to thrive. Or, to succeed. Also, a dramatic movement or gesture; panache. In art, this is often a curvilinear ornamentation or embellishment, especially in calligraphy or handwriting. (pr. FLəh-rəsh) Examples of flourishes in the last sense: see thumbnail aboveThirteen calligraphic capital letters drawn with flourishes, and see thumbnail belowsome words drawn with flourishes in their capital letters, descenders, and an ampersand.Also see curve, flamboyant, ligature, line, paraph, theater, and typography.