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.

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The process repeats, creating rosettes or spheres containing as many as 50 cells in the lab. Quanta Magazine, "Where Animals Come From," 29 July 2014 From the sharp tailoring on the asymmetrical suiting to the sheer volume of the silk taffeta rosette confections, tonight's Alexander McQueen show at the Lycée Carnot was enough of a spectacle from the front. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alexander McQueen Puts a Dramatic Twist on the Classic Ponytail at Paris Fashion Week," 5 Mar. 2019 This version has a delicate rosette of sliced pears, but anything goes. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Recipe: Pear Charlotte Cake," 18 Nov. 2015 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

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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 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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