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 This perennial member of the asparagus family forms a rosette of large, strappy leaves. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 25 July 2022 Rose rosette virus, transmitted by a mite, was used as a biocontrol for troublesome wild hedges of Rosa multiflora in the Midwest. oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2022 The rosette can take as much as a week to complete, even more, depending on the complexity of design and materials. Jeff Campagna, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 Their names, which are recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, will have a rosette placed next to them to show they have been identified, the DPAA said. Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 29 Mar. 2022 Rose rosette disease is a devastating disease of roses. oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2022 One of my favorites is Aloe rubraviolaceae, a low-growing rosette type Aloe whose teal leaves are edged in soft rose. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2021 But the real reward is not the title, ribbon or rosette. cleveland, 17 Mar. 2022 Now that Walker has been accounted for, a rosette will be placed next to his name. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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1 Aug 2022

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

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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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