American Beauty


Definition of American Beauty

1 : a long-stemmed rose with deep-pink to purplish-red flowers that is a variety of hybrid perpetual rose The bush form of American Beauty, a mauve-tinged pink hybrid perpetual, was introduced in 1886, and it soon became a hit on the basis of its name alone.— Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2009 Love usually finds expression today on Valentine's Day in a dozen American Beauties— Dana Bartholomew, Daily News of Los Angeles, 14 Feb. 2002 Hardly anyone grows ‘American Beauty’ now, except for rosarians with inexhaustible patience and a passion for rare antiques.— Douglas Brenner & Stephen Scanniello, A Rose by Any Name, 2009
2 American beauty : a deep purplish red that is redder and paler than hollyhock, redder and less strong than magenta (see magenta sense 2a), and less strong and slightly redder and darker than harvard crimson (see harvard crimson sense 2)

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First Known Use of American Beauty

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“American Beauty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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