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

Examples of primrose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In wind tunnel experiments, Chan and company tested how well hawkmoths located different scent sources, including their fake floral scent, a real flower, and their primrose perfume mixed with nitrate radicals and ozone in similar concentrations to what might be expected in an urban setting. Popular Science, 8 Feb. 2024 In turn, this reduction would lead primroses to produce 28 percent fewer seeds, the scientists write. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 The violet and primrose flowers also represent those born in February. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Plant Fill sunny windowsills with potted English primrose, available in shades of blue, brown, orange, peach, red, white, and yellow. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2023 When the royals arrive at the Great West Door of the Abbey, they will be greeted by a pair of tall yellow trees with a meadow of wild grasses, primroses and violets underneath. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 5 May 2023 The flower fields are at the mouth of the canyon, and regular sightings include desert sunflowers (yellow petals and a yellow center on long, dark green stalks), verbena, and primrose. Chelsee Lowe, Travel + Leisure, 8 Mar. 2023 The developer was conscious about the land prior to any construction and helped preserve much of the site’s natural vegetation, like the buttonwood mangroves and primroses. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 2 Mar. 2023 The metal base would include a glass mosaic depicting yellow primroses on stems with leaves of many shades of green. Elaine Louie, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of primrose was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Primrose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


prim·​rose ˈprim-ˌrōz How to pronounce primrose (audio)
: any of a genus of herbs with large leaves arranged at the base of the stem and showy variously colored flowers in clusters on leafless stalks

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Archibald Philip see rosebery

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