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  1. any arrangement, part, object, or formation more or less resembling a rose.
  2. a rose-shaped arrangement of ribbon or other material, used as an ornament or badge.
  3. Also rosace. an architectural ornament resembling a rose or having a generally circular combination of parts.
  4. Botany. a circular cluster of leaves or other organs.
  5. a broad ornamental head for a screw or nail.
  6. Metallurgy.
    1. any of a number of disks of refined copper formed when cold water is thrown onto the molten metal.
    2. a rounded microconstituent of certain alloys.
  7. Plant Pathology. any of several diseases of plants, characterized by the crowding of the foliage into circular clusters owing to a shortening of the internodes of stems or branches, caused by fungi, viruses, or nutritional deficiencies.
  8. one of the compound spots on a leopard.

Origin of rosette

1780–90; < French: little rose, Old French. See rose1, -ette


  1. a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for rosette

Historical Examples of rosette

  • She was down again shortly, the two favorites, Rose and Rosette, in her arms.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Mary-'Gusta was not playing with Rose and Rosette at the present time.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Sew a pompon or a rosette of yarn over the top of the sewing stitch.

    Spool Knitting

    Mary A. McCormack

  • The ends of the match were crossed into a sort of rosette at the head of the fuze.

  • Do wear it, Miss Arbuckle, with a rosette, to indicate your superior rank.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for rosette


  1. a decoration or pattern resembling a rose, esp an arrangement of ribbons or strips formed into a rose-shaped design and worn as a badge or presented as a prize
  2. another name for rose window
  3. a rose-shaped patch of colour, such as one of the clusters of spots marking a leopard's fur
  4. botany a circular cluster of leaves growing from the base of a stem
  5. any of various plant diseases characterized by abnormal leaf growth

Word Origin for rosette

C18: from Old French: a little rose 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rosette

"a rose-shaped ornament," especially a bunch or knot of ribbons worn as a decoration, 1790, from French rosette, diminutive of rose "rose" (see rose (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rosette in Medicine


  1. The segmented or mature phase of Plasmodium malariae.
  2. A grouping of cells characteristic of neoplasms of neuroblastic or neuroectodermal origin, in which a number of nuclei form a ring from which neurofibrils extend to interlace in the center.
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