Definition of roseate
1 : resembling a rose especially in color
2 : overly optimistic : viewed favorably
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Examples of roseate in a sentence
a bird with roseate feathers
one analyst who envisions a qualifiedly roseate future for the nation's automotive industry
Did You Know?
Everything's coming up roses. "He views the world through rose-tinted glasses." "She has a rosy outlook on life." In English, we tend to associate roses and rose color with optimism, and "roseate" is no exception. "Roseate" comes from the Latin adjective roseus, and ultimately from the noun rosa, meaning "rose." Figurative use of "roseate" began in the 19th century, and the literal sense of the term has been in the language since the 16th century. Literal uses of "roseate" are often found in descriptions of sunrises and sunsets. "Through yon peaks of cloud-like snow / The roseate sunlight quivers," wrote Shelley in Prometheus Unbound. And in an early short story, Edith Wharton wrote, "The sunset was perfect and a roseate light, transfiguring the distant spire, lingered late in the west."
Origin and Etymology of roseate
Latin roseus rosy, from rosa
First Known Use: 15th century
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Definition of roseate for English Language Learners
: having a pink color
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