rose-colored spectacles

plural noun
variants: or rose-colored glasses

Definition of rose-colored spectacles

: optimistic eyes : favorably disposed opinions view the world through rose-colored spectacles

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of rose-colored spectacles

1830, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rose-colored spectacles

Time Traveler for rose-colored spectacles

Time Traveler

The first known use of rose-colored spectacles was in 1830

See more words from the same year

Statistics for rose-colored spectacles

Cite this Entry

“Rose-colored spectacles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

Comments on rose-colored spectacles

What made you want to look up rose-colored spectacles? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!