Definition of ROSE

past of rise


noun \ˈrōz\

: a flower with a sweet smell that is usually white, yellow, red, or pink and that grows on a bush which has thorns on the stems

: a slightly purplish-pink color

Full Definition of ROSE

a :  any of a genus (Rosa of the family Rosaceae, the rose family) of usually prickly shrubs with pinnate leaves and showy flowers having five petals in the wild state but being often double or partly double under cultivation
b :  the flower of a rose
:  something resembling a rose in form: as
a (1) :  compass card
(2) :  a circular card with radiating lines used in other instruments
b :  a rosette especially on a shoe
c :  rose cut
plural :  an easy or pleasant situation or task <it was not all sunshine and roses — Anthony Lewis>
:  a moderate purplish red
:  a plane curve which consists of three or more loops meeting at the origin and whose equation in polar coordinates is of the form ρ = a sin nθ or ρ = a cos nθ where n is an integer greater than zero
rose·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
under the rose
:  sub rosa

Examples of ROSE

  1. He sent a dozen red roses to his girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

Origin of ROSE

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin rosa; akin to Greek rhodon rose, Persian gul
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with ROSE



Definition of ROSE

a :  containing or used for roses
b :  of or relating to a rose
c :  flavored, scented, or colored with or like roses
:  of the color rose

First Known Use of ROSE

14th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil


biographical name \ˈrōz\

Definition of ROSE

Irwin A. 1926– Am. biol.

Rhymes with ROSE


noun \rō-ˈzā\

: wine that has a pink color

Full Definition of ROSÉ

:  a light pink table wine made from red grapes by removing the skins after fermentation has begun

Origin of ROSÉ

First Known Use: 1897

Rhymes with ROSÉ

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noun \ˈrōz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ROSE

a : any of a genus (Rosa of the family Rosaceae, the rose family) of usually prickly shrubs with pinnate leaves and showy flowers of which some are sources of rose oil b : the flower of a rose


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Prairie rose (Rosa setigera).—John H. Gerard

Any of about 100 species in the genus Rosa (family Rosaceae) characterized by their beautiful, fragrant flowers. Rosa species are probably the most widely recognized and universally favoured of ornamental flowering plants. Hundreds of varieties are cultivated in all types of settings, and there are many hybrids. Roses are susceptible to numerous diseases, most caused by fungi. The rose family contains about 2,500 species and accounts for 30% of the species in the rose order (Rosales). Other popular garden plants and ornamentals in the rose family include spirea, cinquefoil, hawthorn, mountain ash, and flowering cherry. The family also contains many important fruits, including the apple, peach, strawberry, pear, plum, apricot, almond, quince, blackberry, and raspberry. Plants of some species contain dangerous cyanide compounds. Many members have thorns or prickles.


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