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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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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10 Mar 2021

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“Rosette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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