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noun trademark
Also called (informal) Rolls. a make of very high-quality, luxurious, and prestigious British car. The Rolls-Royce company is no longer British-owned
anything considered to be the very best of its kind
Word Origin
named after its designers, Charles Stewart Rolls (1877–1910), English pioneer motorist and aviator, and Sir (Frederick) Henry Royce (1863–1933), English engineer, who founded the Rolls-Royce Company (1906)
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  • "It's Broadfoot's—rolls-royce, six cylinder," he replied promptly.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • He looks like a tailor's model, and acts like a rolls-royce.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • A fellow with a rolls-royce has a better chance than a man with a Ford.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • As a result no American-built rolls-royce engine was ever made.

  • The rolls-royce gave a faintly stertorous sigh and began to move.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
Word Origin and History for rolls-royce



registered 1908 as trademark, named for designers C.S. Rolls (1877-1910) and Sir Henry Royce (1863-1933). Figurative use from 1916 for any product deemed to be of high quality. Shortened form Rolls first attested 1928.

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