old rose



rose color with a purplish or grayish cast.

Origin of old rose

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formsold-rose, adjective
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Historical Examples of old rose

  • Thyme, too, went the colour of the old-rose curtain behind which she sat.


    John Galsworthy

  • She wore the old-rose dressing-gown that Leonard had given Annie, and, with a little colour in her face, was quite young again.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • That afternoon the sun, a vast globe of molten red, sank through an old-rose sky, which slowly changed to a faint golden green.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville

  • Marjorie peered thoughtfully at her array of gowns and selected a half-fitted negligee of old-rose silk.

  • There are blues, and violets, and old-rose tones, and a certain bloom in it that these artists never seem to give.


    Dorothy Menpes

British Dictionary definitions for old rose

old rose


  1. a greyish-pink colour
  2. (as adjective)old-rose gloves
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