rose water

or rose·wa·ter

[ rohz-waw-ter, ‐wot-er ]
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  1. water tinctured with the essential oil of roses, used as a perfume and in cooking.

Origin of rose water

First recorded in 1350–1400

Words Nearby rose water

Other definitions for rose-water (2 of 2)

[ rohz-waw-ter, -wot-er ]

  1. having the aroma or fragrance of rose water.

  2. affectedly delicate, nice, or fine; sentimental: a Victorian novelist with a genteel, rose-water style.

Origin of rose-water

First recorded in 1655–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rose water in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rose-water


    • scented water used as a perfume and in cooking, made by the distillation of rose petals or by impregnation with oil of roses

    • (as modifier): rose-water scent

  1. (modifier) elegant or delicate, esp excessively so

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