ro·​se·​ate | \ ˈrō-zē-ət How to pronounce roseate (audio) , -zē-ˌāt \

Definition of roseate

1 : resembling a rose especially in color
2 : overly optimistic : viewed favorably

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Other Words from roseate

roseately adverb

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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."

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
Recent Examples on the Web Stops include a bird rookery, where roseate spoonbills, blue herons and white egrets can be found; Mangrove Island, where people can wade in the seagrass to view fish eggs, hermit crabs, and jumping mullets; and the oyster shoal. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Look out for alligators, endangered whooping cranes, and pink roseate spoonbills, the official bird of Port Aransas. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 8 Mar. 2021 This innovative eye was balanced out with timeless roseate cheeks and MAC’s Powder Kiss Lipstick in Werk Werk Werk, which was lightly swiped onto the mouths of each muse. Akili King, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2019 His empty, sweeping landscape revealed under a spectacular, roseate sky is imbued with a sense of hope as captured in the dawning light of ephemeral atmospheric effects. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of roseate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roseate

Middle English roseat, borrowed from Medieval Latin roseātus, from, Latin roseus "made of roses, rose-colored, reddish" (from rosa rose entry 2 + -eus -eous) + -ātus -ate entry 3

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23 Apr 2021

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“Roseate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of roseate

literary : having a pink color

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