Rolls-Royce

/ (ˌrəʊlzˈrɔɪs) /

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 for Rolls-Royce

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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Rolls-Royce


n.

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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