[ rohz ]
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  1. any of the wild or cultivated, usually prickly-stemmed, pinnate-leaved, showy-flowered shrubs of the genus Rosa.: Compare rose family.

  2. any of various related or similar plants.

  1. the flower of any such shrub, of a red, pink, white, or yellow color.

  2. the traditional reddish color of this flower, variously a purplish red, pinkish red, or light crimson.

  3. an ornament shaped like or suggesting this flower.

  4. a pink or pinkish-red color in the cheek.

  5. Heraldry. a representation of a wild rose with five petals, usually seeded and barbed in a symmetrical design and used especially as the cadency mark of a seventh son.

  6. any of various diagrams showing directions radiating from a common center, as a compass card or wind rose.

  7. Jewelry.

    • an obsolete gem style or cut, flat on the bottom and having an upper side with from 12, or fewer, to 32 triangular facets.

    • a gem with this cut.

  8. a perforated cap or plate, as at the end of a pipe or the spout of a watering pot, to break a flow of water into a spray.

  9. an ornamental plate or socket surrounding the shaft of a doorknob at the face of a door.

  10. Mathematics. a plane polar curve consisting of three or more equal loops that meet at the origin. Equation: r = a sin() or r = a cos().

  1. of the color rose.

  2. for, containing, or growing roses: a rose garden.

  1. scented like a rose.

verb (used with object),rosed, ros·ing.
  1. to make rose-colored.

  2. to flush (the face, cheeks, etc.).

Idioms about rose

  1. come out smelling like a rose, to escape negative consequences, especially to find one’s good reputation unaffected by a bad situation or scandalous association.

  2. come up roses, to turn out all right; result in success, glory, or profit: Despite setbacks, things should come up roses in the long run.

Origin of rose

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English rōse, from Latin rosa; possibly via Etruscan ruze, rusi, a noun of uncertain meaning, from Greek rhodéa “rosebush,” from rhódon “rose”

Other words from rose

  • rose·less, adjective
  • rose·like, adjective

Words Nearby rose

Other definitions for rose (2 of 4)

[ rohz ]

  1. simple past tense of rise.

  2. Nonstandard. a past participle of rise.

Other definitions for Rose (3 of 4)

[ rohz ]

  1. Billy, 1899–1966, U.S. theatrical producer.

  2. Peter Edward "Pete"; "Charlie Hustle", born 1941, U.S. baseball player.

  1. Mount, a mountain in W Nevada, the highest in the Carson Range. 10,778 feet (3,285 meters).

  2. a female given name.

Other definitions for rosé (4 of 4)

[ roh-zey ]

  1. a pale pink wine resembling white wine in taste, made from red grapes by removing the skins from the must before fermentation is completed.

Origin of rosé

First recorded in 1425–75; from French: literally, “pink”; the variant blush wine first recorded in 1980–85
  • Also called blush, blush wine . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rose in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rose (1 of 3)


/ (rəʊz) /

    • any shrub or climbing plant of the rosaceous genus Rosa, typically having prickly stems, compound leaves, and fragrant flowers

    • (in combination): rosebush; rosetree

  1. the flower of any of these plants

  1. any of various similar plants, such as the rockrose and Christmas rose

    • a moderate purplish-red colour; purplish pink

    • (as adjective): rose paint

  2. a rose, or a representation of one, as the national emblem of England

  3. jewellery

    • a cut for a diamond or other gemstone, having a hemispherical faceted crown and a flat base

    • a gem so cut

  4. a perforated cap fitted to the spout of a watering can or the end of a hose, causing the water to issue in a spray

  5. a design or decoration shaped like a rose; rosette

  6. Also called: ceiling rose electrical engineering a circular boss attached to a ceiling through which the flexible lead of an electric-light fitting passes

  7. history See red rose, white rose

  8. bed of roses a situation of comfort or ease

  9. under the rose in secret; privately; sub rosa

  1. (tr) to make rose-coloured; cause to blush or redden

Origin of rose

Old English, from Latin rosa, probably from Greek rhodon rose

Derived forms of rose

  • roselike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for rose (2 of 3)


/ (rəʊz) /

  1. the past tense of rise

British Dictionary definitions for rosé (3 of 3)


/ (ˈrəʊzeɪ) /

  1. any pink wine, made either by removing the skins of red grapes after only a little colour has been extracted or by mixing red and white wines

Origin of rosé

C19: from French, literally: pink, from Latin rosa rose 1

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Other Idioms and Phrases with rose


see bed of roses; come up roses; see through rose-colored glasses.

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