- having the aroma or fragrance of rose water.
- affectedly delicate, nice, or fine; sentimental: a Victorian novelist with a genteel, rose-water style.
Origin of rose-water
First recorded in 1655–65
- water tinctured with the essential oil of roses, used as a perfume.
Origin of rose water
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for rose-water
This version is made with rose-water syrup, lending a particularly inviting sweet aroma to the pistachio-filled treats.What to Eat: Light Greek Meal
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Again they prepared a bath of rose-water, and attended on and dressed the merchant.
Insurrections, like revolutions, are not made of rose-water.The Huguenots in France
Apply at night, and wash off with rose-water in the morning.
If rose-water is substituted for distilled water, the effect is pleasanter.
She must prepare three vessels: one of milk and water, one of milk, and one of rose-water.Italian Popular Tales
Thomas Frederick Crane
- scented water used as a perfume and in cooking, made by the distillation of rose petals or by impregnation with oil of roses
- (as modifier)rose-water scent
- (modifier) elegant or delicate, esp excessively so
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Word Origin and History for rose-water
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