Origin of primrose
Definition for primrose (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for primrose
In some such state of mind as this was Mr Primrose when he returned from his fruitless excursion in the City.Penelope: or, Love's Labour Lost, Vol. 2 (of 3)|William Pitt Scargill
Primrose studied the subject within her heart and was quite grave over it.A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia|Amanda Minnie Douglas
Jasmine, however, by no means intended Primrose to be the only one who was to bring assistance to the household purse.The Palace Beautiful|L. T. Meade
The sun was just topping the eastern hills; the heads of the trees were dark against a primrose sky.The Valley of Vision|Henry Van Dyke
"It is too dangerous to be thought of for a single moment," added Mrs. Primrose.Vassall Morton|Francis Parkman
British Dictionary definitions for primrose
Word Origin for primrose
Word Origin and History for primrose
late 14c., prymrose, from Old French primerose, primerole (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin prima rosa, literally "first rose," so called because it blooms early in spring (see prime (adj.)). As the name of a pale yellow color, by 1844.
Parallel name primula (c.1100) is from Old French primerole, from Medieval Latin primula "primrose," shortened from primula veris "firstling of spring," thus properly fem. of Latin primulus, diminutive of primus; but primerole was used in Old French and Middle English of other flowers (cowslips, field daisies). The primrose path is from "Hamlet" I, iii.