ro·​sette | \ rō-ˈzet How to pronounce rosette (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Pipe rosettes and stars all over cake, then refrigerate until firm, at least 45 minutes and up to 2 days. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Easter Egg Cookie," 31 Mar. 2020 One family orders champagne from the bar to celebrate one of their teenage daughters, who has just won her first rosette. Tom Rowley, 1843, "My journey to the heart of the great British expo," 6 Mar. 2020 Finally, a top coat of jet-black varnish made its way onto fingers, which clutched sumptuous rosette cross-body bags to elegant effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At Valentino, a New Kind of Gothic Glamour Rules the Runway," 1 Mar. 2020 Mache, or lamb’s lettuce, is one of the few that thrives in cold weather gardens, with leaves that grow in charming rosettes. Washington Post, "Freshen up the Waldorf salad with persimmons, Asian pear and grapefruit," 24 Dec. 2019 For the mini-dessert challenge, Troeschel made pistachio pots de creme, financiers with caramelized hazelnuts, and filled mini-pies with plum slices arranged into rosette designs. oregonlive, "‘The Great American Baking Show’ names a winner: How did our Portland teacher do?," 3 Jan. 2020 Shelemba’s name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where a rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate that he has been accounted for. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Remains of Michigan soldier who went missing during Korean War identified," 30 Dec. 2019 The bakery also offers traditional cookies like spritz, rosettes, Russian tea and the perennial favorite peanut butter blossoms. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Short on time? Let these local bakeries do the holiday work," 12 Dec. 2019 Garnish platter and pie with lettuce leaves, tomato rosette and olives, if desired. Claire Perez,, "From the archives: Antipasto pie from Flavors of Italy," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rosette

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rosette

borrowed from French, going back to Old French rosete, rosette "small rose, object shaped like a rose," from rose rose entry 2 + -ete, -ette -ette

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The first known use of rosette was in 1790

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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rosette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce rosette (audio) \

Kids Definition of rosette

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


ro·​sette | \ rō-ˈzet How to pronounce rosette (audio) \

Medical Definition of rosette

: a rose-shaped cluster of cells

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