rose window


: a circular window filled with tracery

Illustration of rose window

Illustration of rose window

Examples of rose window in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Library Suite, a staircase secreted behind the 19th-century needlepoint screen that serves as a headboard leads to a mezzanine library with a stained glass rose window, while a side room has a cozy corner by a fireplace ideal for curling up with some treasure from the bookshelves. Lila Harron Battis, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2024 Stained Glass Because of their love of sunlight and natural light, many of the architects in the Gothic era paned their windows with stained glass, including elaborate and expensive rose windows. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 14 July 2023 The older building, with its giant rose window, arched entrance and robust dome, harks back to the Pantheon in Rome, and is more obviously religious or sacred in its architectural profile. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 The cathedral caught fire in 1984, shattering the glass of the South Transept rose window, although the lead held it together, allowing it to be taken down and painstakingly reassembled. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 Nov. 2020 Muslims pray here, too, toward Mecca, which is a place in the world somewhere in the direction of the rose window. Anna Deforest, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 The rose window of the Otranto Cathedral is an iconic landmark in Salento. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 8 June 2022 There are, naturally, some resplendent touches: black marble columns, a brilliant rose window and bronze chandeliers. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 Upon arrival, visitors can take a stroll through the city center and marvel at the splendid Cathedral of Santarém before heading to the Church of Grace, a small house of worship adorned with an intricate rose window carved from a single stone. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 28 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rose window was in 1773

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“Rose window.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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