- of or relating to the primrose.
- Also prim·rosed. abounding in primroses: a primrose garden.
- of a pale yellow.
Origin of primrose
- Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rosebery. Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of.
Examples from the Web for primrose
Primrose is now almost a young lady, and, Eustace tells me, is just as saucy as ever.Tanglewood Tales
You are walking in the woods, and you find the first primrose of the year.A Dish Of Orts
And he saw no reason why she should not make even the tariff a primrose path.The Prisoner
Drivin' a depot carriage was just a side issue with that Primrose blossom.Shorty McCabe
They could be simple, as the wild rose and the primrose are simple.The Legacy of Greece
- any of various temperate primulaceous plants of the genus Primula, esp P. vulgaris of Europe, which has pale yellow flowers
- short for evening primrose
- Also called: primrose yellow a light to moderate yellow, sometimes with a greenish tinge
- of, relating to, or abounding in primroses
- of the colour primrose
- pleasant or gay
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.