primrose

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This lip oil has five fun shades, each of which has primrose oil to give lips a vinyl-like glow. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 26 Sep. 2022 Evening primrose oil has been used to treat premenstrual breast pain, as have other omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-lenz, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2022 This lip oil has five fun shades, each of which has primrose oil to give lips a vinyl-like glow. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 26 Sep. 2022 This lip oil has five fun shades, each of which has primrose oil to give lips a vinyl-like glow. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 26 Sep. 2022 This lip oil has five fun shades, each of which has primrose oil to give lips a vinyl-like glow. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 26 Sep. 2022 The cream features Augustinus Bader's signature TFC8 blend plus primrose, avocado, and argan oils to plump the skin and reduce fine lines. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 Depending on the variety, primrose can grow between 6 to 20 inches tall and 8 to 20 inches wide. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, House Beautiful, 25 May 2022 Other highlights include her primrose and white gingham (pocketed, always a good thing) tweed dress. Vogue, 3 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near primrose

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Cite this Entry

“Primrose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primrose. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

primrose

noun

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

Primrose

biographical name

Archibald Philip see rosebery

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