ro·​sette | \rō-ˈzet \

Definition of rosette 

1 : an ornament usually made of material gathered or pleated so as to resemble a rose and worn as a badge of office, as evidence of having won a decoration (such as the Medal of Honor), or as trimming

2 : a disk of foliage or a floral design usually in relief used as a decorative motif

3 : a structure or color marking on an animal suggestive of a rosette especially : one of the groups of spots on a leopard

4 : a cluster of leaves in crowded circles or spirals arising basally from a crown (as in the dandelion) or apically from an axis with greatly shortened internodes (as in many tropical palms)

5 : a food decoration or garnish in the shape of a rose icing rosettes carrot rosettes

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Examples of rosette in a Sentence

a rosette of chocolate frosting Rosettes are carved in the base of the statue.

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Divide the squash mixture among four plates, and slide a scallop rosette off the parchment onto each one. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Daniel Boulud's Scallop Rosettes with Spaghetti Squash," 4 Oct. 2013 Understated felt gets a royal transformation when it's spiraled and coiled into a stunning array of rosettes. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Craft How-to: Ring of Roses," 8 Dec. 2011 With three blue emoji hearts, the series of pics revealed that on the bottom of Nazmayde’s sheer-effect dress was a bottom made of matching cobalt rosettes that cascaded down the bottom half, reaching the floor. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Teenager Makes a Prom Gown Out of a Fashion Nova Dress," 8 May 2018 The result is a culinary theater-in-the-round, starring a butter-pastry cascade of rosettes, hearts, leaves, vines, berries, braids, stars, paisley, perforations, diamonds and dots. Rebecca Powers,, "A German baker has taken pie art to a mesmerizing new level," 19 June 2018 Scotch thistle is a biennial, rising from its first year rosette to bloom and set seed its second year. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018 Though the participants are swathed in traditional white ball gowns adorned with spun sugar-like tulle or ruched silk rosettes, the hunt for a suitable husband is no longer the point of debutante balls. Catherine Bigelow,, "A bumper crop of 27 debutantes make SF debut," 25 June 2018 Donger’ is a hybrid that strongly resembles neoregelia ‘Fireball.’ Small, open rosettes about 6 inches across form beautiful clusters of many plants. Karen Dardick,, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018 In just the few days since the shop quietly opened last week, his latte hearts and rosettes are already sharpening. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "After 4 years as a food truck, Blackbeard Espresso has permanent home," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of rosette

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rosette

French, literally, small rose, from Old French, from rose, from Latin rosa

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English Language Learners Definition of rosette

: a badge or ornament that is made of ribbon and folded in the shape of a rose

: a design shaped like a rose that is used as a decoration


ro·​sette | \rō-ˈzet \

Kids Definition of rosette

: a badge or ornament of ribbon gathered in the shape of a rose


ro·​sette | \rō-ˈzet \

Medical Definition of rosette 

: a rose-shaped cluster of cells

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