[ rohz-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈroʊzˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər /


having the aroma or fragrance of rose water.
affectedly delicate, nice, or fine; sentimental: a Victorian novelist with a genteel, rose-water style.

Origin of rose-water

First recorded in 1655–65

Definition for rose-water (2 of 2)

rose water


water tinctured with the essential oil of roses, used as a perfume.

Origin of rose water

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rose-water



  1. scented water used as a perfume and in cooking, made by the distillation of rose petals or by impregnation with oil of roses
  2. (as modifier)rose-water scent
(modifier) elegant or delicate, esp excessively so
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