- a circular window decorated with tracery symmetrical about the center.
Compare wheel window.
Origin of rose window
First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for rose window
The subjects of the rose-window are all taken from the Apocalypse.
The rose-window is of the 15th century, the others of the 13th century.
The first storey of the towers flanking the rose-window is broken by lofty twin bays crowned with gables.
The stained-glass of the rose-window, destroyed by a hurricane in 1580, was replaced in 1581 by the Rheims artist Nicolas Drod.
All that part situated above the five windows of the first storey, including the rose-window, has been rebuilt in modern times.
- a circular window, esp one that has ornamental tracery radiating from the centre to form a symmetrical roselike patternAlso called: wheel window, rosette