rose·​wood ˈrōz-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce rosewood (audio)
: any of various tropical trees (especially genus Dalbergia) yielding valuable cabinet woods of a usually dark red or purplish color streaked and variegated with black
also : the wood

Examples of rosewood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That style extends into the rooms, with rosewood bed headboards juxtaposing with wool curtains and leather details atop geometric carpets on parquet floors. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2024 The addicting scent completes the spa-like experience, with top notes of orange, honey crisp apple and peony; middle notes of pink rose, jasmine petal, geranium and rosewood; and a base of marine accord, white musk, amber and cedarwood. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Inside, the stately abode is decked out with soaring 12-foot ceilings, rosewood floors, custom lighting, windows with motorized shades, and balconies off the library and living areas. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 6 Dec. 2023 Find it on Amazon Tom Ford Oud Wood Wrapping both men and women in a warm blend of oud, rosewood, and cardamom, Tom Ford’s Oud Wood is a luxurious choice. Jose Ryller, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 The space has 17-foot ceilings with wooden beams and exposed brick walls; custom rosewood tables and leather banquettes frame the perimeter (though a few counter seats provide the best vantage of a meal coming together). Mahira Rivers, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Our pick for the best budget rolling pin, the Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin, is made from classic rosewood is less than $20. Kristen (kj) Callihan, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2023 Other materials include natural flamed Indian rosewood, European oak, eucalyptus, and Palissandro Bluette marble. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2023 Aguilera's lips were the only thing giving autumn vibes; Ortega lined them with a rosewood liner and used a similar tone lip gloss for just a hint of fall romance. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 29 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rosewood was in 1660

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“Rosewood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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rose·​wood ˈrōz-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce rosewood (audio)
: any of various tropical trees with hard dark red to purplish wood that is streaked with black and is used especially for making furniture and musical instruments
: the wood of a rosewood

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