rosette

noun

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

Illustration of rosette

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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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rosette was in 1790

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Cite this Entry

“Rosette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rosette. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

rosette

noun
ro·​sette rō-ˈzet How to pronounce rosette (audio)
1
: a badge or ornament of ribbon gathered in the shape of a rose
2
: a design of leaves or flowers used as a decoration
3
: a circular cluster of leaves developed on a plant (as at the base of a dandelion)

Medical Definition

rosette

noun
ro·​sette rō-ˈzet How to pronounce rosette (audio)
: a rose-shaped cluster of cells

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