rose

Definition of rose

 (Entry 1 of 5)

past tense of rise

\ ˈrōz How to pronounce rose (audio) \

Definition of rose (Entry 2 of 5)

1a : any of a genus (Rosa of the family Rosaceae, the rose family) of usually prickly shrubs with pinnate leaves and showy flowers having five petals in the wild state but being often double or partly double under cultivation
b : the flower of a rose
2 : something resembling a rose in form: such as
(2) : a circular card with radiating lines used in other instruments
b : a rosette especially on a shoe
3 roses plural : an easy or pleasant situation or task it was not all sunshine and roses— Anthony Lewis
4 : a moderate purplish red
5 : a plane curve which consists of three or more loops meeting at the origin and whose equation in polar coordinates is of the form ρ = a sin nθ or ρ = a cos nθ where n is an integer greater than zero
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Definition of rose (Entry 3 of 5)

1a : containing or used for roses
b : of or relating to a rose
c : flavored, scented, or colored with or like roses
2 : of the color rose

rosé

noun (2)
ro·​sé | \ rō-ˈzā How to pronounce rosé (audio) \

Definition of rosé (Entry 4 of 5)

: a light pink table wine made from red grapes by removing the skins after fermentation has begun

Rose

biographical name
\ ˈrōz How to pronounce Rose (audio) \

Definition of Rose (Entry 5 of 5)

Irwin A. 1926–2015 American biologist

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Other Words from rose

Noun (1)

roselike \ ˈrōz-​ˌlīk How to pronounce roselike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of rose in a Sentence

Noun (1) He sent a dozen red roses to his girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

First Known Use of rose

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rose

Noun (1)

Middle English, in part going back to Old English rōse, borrowed from Latin rosa "rose, rosebush"; in part borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin rosa, perhaps borrowed from an unattested derivative of Greek rhódon "rose" — more at rhodo-

Note: Latin rosa is similar enough to Greek rhódon that a relationship seems likely, but its nature is unclear. An outcome of rhodéā "rosebush" with a sibilant transmitted to Latin through Etruscan might explain the failure of -s- to rhotacize (unless rhotacism was nullified by the dissimilatory effect of the initial r). Both the Greek and Latin words have been attributed to a Mediterranean substratum, but this does not jibe with the presumed Iranian origin of rhódon.

Adjective

from attributive use of rose entry 2

Noun (2)

borrowed from French (short for vin rosé), from rosé "tinted with rose color, reddish, pink," from rose rose entry 2 + -ate entry 3

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The first known use of rose was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rose. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for rose

rose

noun
How to pronounce Rose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flower with a sweet smell that is usually white, yellow, red, or pink and that grows on a bush which has thorns on the stems
: a slightly purplish-pink color

rosé

noun
How to pronounce Rose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rosé (Entry 2 of 2)

: wine that has a pink color

rose

Kids Definition of rose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of rise

rose

noun
\ ˈrōz How to pronounce rose (audio) \

Kids Definition of rose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a showy and usually fragrant white, yellow, pink, or red flower that grows on a prickly shrub
2 : a medium pink

rose

noun
\ ˈrōz How to pronounce rose (audio) \

Medical Definition of rose

1a : any of a genus (Rosa of the family Rosaceae, the rose family) of usually prickly shrubs with pinnate leaves and showy flowers of which some are sources of rose oil
b : the flower of a rose

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