ro·se·ate | \ˈrō-zē-ət, -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

First Known Use of roseate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roseate

Latin roseus rosy, from rosa

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English Language Learners Definition of roseate

: having a pink color

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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