prim·​rose | \ ˈprim-ˌrōz How to pronounce primrose (audio) \

Definition of primrose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a genus (Primula of the family Primulaceae, the primrose family) of perennial herbs with large tufted basal leaves and showy variously colored flowers — compare evening primrose


biographical name

Definition of Primrose (Entry 2 of 2)

Archibald Philip — see rosebery

Examples of primrose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Discard the skinnier violet and primrose roots and any seedpods in the garbage., 6 June 2021 Another flower that rates almost as high for blooms in the shade is primrose, also called primula., 19 Nov. 2020 On tournament day, the anglers steered their sleek, low-riding boats, some costing upward of $75,000, to places with thick patches of invasive water primrose and Brazilian waterweed. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Dec. 2020 To protect primrose and other low-growing plants, apply a dose of slug and snail bait every two weeks., 19 Nov. 2020 Calvin Finch explains why primrose, stock, sweet peas and pansies are just some of the great choices this winter for a pop of floral color., 20 Nov. 2020 Cyclamen and primrose will bloom with little or no direct sun. Dan Gill,, 18 Nov. 2020 Use a seed mixture with varieties for Florida that might include annual phlox, black-eyed Susan, coreopsis, asters, showy primrose and blanket flower. Tom Maccubbin,, 14 Nov. 2020 But hey, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, a local builder is pointing a wall, and there are primroses in the wood. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, 29 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of primrose


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primrose


Middle English primerose, from Anglo-French, from prime first + rose rose — more at prime, rose

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“Primrose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of primrose

: a small plant with flowers that are usually a pale yellow color


prim·​rose | \ ˈprim-ˌrōz How to pronounce primrose (audio) \

Kids Definition of primrose

: a small plant with large leaves and showy often yellow or pink flowers

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