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

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 (with the meaning "happy" or "smiling") began in the 18th century, but the literal sense of the term has been in the language since the 15th century. It's especially well-suited to literary descriptions of sunrises and sunsets: "through yon peaks of cloud-like snow / The roseate sunlight quivers," wrote Percy Bysshe 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 Carnivores also include reptiles like the Burmese python and the gharial, birds like vultures and roseate spoonbills, and some cuter mammals like otters and seals. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 26 May 2022 An elegant pompadour updo worn with a soft-focus glow punctuated by roseate smoky eyes, fluttery falsies, and a bright cherry red lip. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2022 Visitors can spot egrets, anhingas, ducks, eagles, hawks, vultures, gallinules, osprey, blackbirds, roseate spoonbills, woodpeckers and more. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Dec. 2021 These ringing blue skies, these wide roseate plains, these great, windy sweeps of land exist nowhere else. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 From Georges Island in Boston Harbor, sightings included flyby eight great shearwaters, a Cory’s shearwater, 16 Wilson’s storm-petrels, a whimbrel, a Forster’s tern, 12 roseate terns, and two cliff swallows., 28 Aug. 2021 Modest numbers of Cory’s, great, sooty, and Manx shearwaters were spotted at Race Point in Provincetown, where a South Polar skua, two parasitic jaegers, and 300 roseate terns were also observed., 14 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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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“Roseate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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