ro·​se·​ma·​ling ˈrō-zə-ˌmä-liŋ How to pronounce rosemaling (audio)
: painted or sometimes carved decoration (as on furniture, walls, or wooden dinnerware) in Scandinavian peasant style that consists especially of floral designs and inscriptions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There will be demonstrations of cooking lefse and other Norwegian foods as well as how to do rosemaling, folk painting and other crafts. Phil Marty,, 16 Oct. 2019

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Word History


Norwegian, from rose rose + maling painting

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rosemaling was in 1933

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“Rosemaling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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