Main definitions of rose in English

: rose1rose2rosé3


Pronunciation /rōz/ /roʊz/

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  • 1A prickly bush or shrub that typically bears red, pink, yellow, or white fragrant flowers, native to north temperate regions. Numerous hybrids and cultivars have been developed and are widely grown as ornamentals.

    Genus Rosa, family Rosaceae (the rose family). This large family includes most temperate fruits (apple, plum, peach, cherry, blackberry, strawberry) as well as the hawthorns, rowans, potentillas, and avens

    ‘The MacDonalds have gone for a pleasing mix of old and modern, shrub and bedding roses in white, pink, purple and gold.’
    • ‘Unlike the stiff and fussy hybrid tea roses, these roses make excellent landscape shrubs.’
    • ‘In June it is literally covered with thousands of blush pink roses of amazing fragrance.’
    • ‘The sky was a clear blue, the landscape sloping into a bed of bright pink and yellow roses.’
    • ‘Bush roses are shrub like and climbers produce canes that require some sort of support.’
    • ‘The consignment consists of six varieties of Indian roses - red, pink, white, yellow, orange and shaded.’
    • ‘Shrub roses that flower only in spring should be pruned after they have flowered.’
    • ‘Where northern roses are pruned in the spring, temperate climate roses are pruned in the fall or winter.’
    • ‘In addition, a spray of yellow roses growing against a brick or stone home can be a beautiful addition to the landscape.’
    • ‘They also intended to grow roses and other flowers for commercial purposes.’
    • ‘Prune your roses to increase blooming and decrease disease and pest problems.’
    • ‘This past winter's cold took a heavy toll on various roses and butterfly bushes; it did in the rosemary, too.’
    • ‘If you do make a mistake with a hybrid tea, a floribunda or a shrub rose, it is not too much trouble to pull it up.’
    • ‘I like to grow many kinds of roses including some of the more pest-prone kinds.’
    • ‘The first task for me will be cutting back roses and other shrubs, which calls for a great pair of loppers.’
    • ‘On roses with yellow blooms, a lack of nitrogen frequently appears as yellow leaves.’
    • ‘When my neighbor retired he announced that he was going to spend his new freedom growing roses.’
    • ‘Their purpose is to help all of us learn how to grow great roses, no matter what climate we live in.’
    • ‘These roses can often grow back from their roots if their tops die from winter cold.’
    • ‘There is a rose garden dotted with pink, red and yellow roses, as well as an outcrop of red sandstone which enjoys a commanding view.’
    • ‘It may be wise to add peat moss or some form of compost to the dirt in the hole before planting the rose.’
    1. 1.1The flower of a rose bush.
      ‘he sent her a dozen red roses’
      • ‘a rose garden’
      • ‘Tess was sitting on a mat on the driveway, sketching the roses on the rose bush.’
      • ‘I was whisked away like a Hollywood star, holding bouquets of soft garden roses.’
      • ‘The infestation in your rose garden is probably thrips.’
      • ‘A spectacular rose garden is bursting into bloom in Capitol Park.’
      • ‘Potted roses aren't less work or responsibility; they simply take up less space than a regular rose garden.’
      • ‘Anne threw open the back door that led into the formal rose garden.’
      • ‘Stepping into the rose garden, she paused and looked up towards the sky.’
      • ‘He picked a yellow rose of the bush behind them, putting it in her hand.’
      • ‘Zoe bent down to smell the bouquet of red, white, and pink roses.’
      • ‘Everyone laid white and pink roses on the casket before the end of the burial.’
      • ‘They found their way to the bridal table, set up with red, white and yellow roses.’
      • ‘Two minutes later the pink and yellow roses sat in a vase on my dresser across from my bed.’
      • ‘The church was beautifully decorated in white and pink roses.’
      • ‘Place fragrant flowers (like roses and lilacs) in a vase about a foot behind an oscillating fan.’
      • ‘It was made up of white oleanders and pink roses lined with small chrysanthemums tied together with a single satin ribbon.’
      • ‘Mixing red, yellow, pink and peach roses in a colored glass vase or stylish ceramic container adds elegance and charm.’
      • ‘Releasing her, he moved across to a bush crowned with yellow roses and bent down to enjoy its perfume.’
      • ‘He brought Mother a gorgeous bouquet of all different flowers - red and pink roses, lilies and daisies.’
      • ‘He handed me the rose, and planted a kiss on my cheeks.’
      • ‘When she heard a knock, Jeannie grabbed a bouquet of white and light pink roses and opened the door.’
    2. 1.2Used in names of other plants whose flowers resemble roses, e.g., rose of Sharon.
      • ‘The rose of Sharon is a species of hibiscus, not a rose, but let that be.’
    3. 1.3A rose regarded as an emblem of beauty, delicacy, or purity.
      ‘she's a rose between two thorns’
      • ‘Pushing away from the wall he grinned, ‘and you have bloomed into a rose beyond beauty.’’
      • ‘His skin had been softened by the warm water of last night's bath, and his face was freshly shaved, soft as the petals of a rose.’
      • ‘Ikanya instantly faded, like a rose losing its petals as it died.’
      • ‘Beneath the perfect powdering of snow: layer on pastry layer fine as flakes from skin, petals from a rose.’
      • ‘Her future, and all hopes of it, fluttered away like so many petals on a dying rose.’
    4. 1.4rosesUsed to express favorable circumstances or ease of success.
      ‘all is not roses in the firm today’
      • ‘The days of big cheque books and wine and roses and players who are up in that league are gone.’
      • ‘Despite winning accolades as Minister, his political career was not roses all the way.’
  • 2A stylized representation of the flower in heraldry or decoration, typically with five petals (especially as a national emblem of England)

    ‘the Tudor rose’
    • ‘Symbols of love and sacrifice, roses became a floral emblem of the Virgin Mary.’
    • ‘Suddenly the flower takes on the strength to represent countries - the thistle for Scotland, the rose for England.’
    • ‘The rose is represented musically by high notes played on flutes and little silver bells.’
    • ‘All the way down his arm, there was an intricate design of red, pink, and yellow roses on a vine.’
    1. 2.1
      short for rose window
  • 3A warm pink or light crimson color.

    ‘the rose and gold of dawn’
    • ‘the 100% cotton line is available in rose pink and ocean blue’
    • ‘leaves with rose-red margins’
    • ‘Tiny ivory turnips blushed with rose pink are this season's pleasant surprise.’
    • ‘Other colours include midnight black, ocean blue, rose pink and olive green.’
    • ‘She smothered her creased skirts with her hands then pulled her matching, dusted rose pink gloves off and set them on a side table.’
    • ‘Madame sighed and lifted the hem of her long, dusty rose pink dress out of the snow with her free hand.’
    • ‘Ideally the outside should be dark brown and sizzling, the fat crisp and the inside of the meat a deep, juicy rose pink.’
    • ‘The robe she was wearing was extraordinary, made from the purest silk in a lovely shade of rose pink and bordered with the whitest of fine white lace.’
    • ‘The rose pink I'd had on the walls since I was seven was getting a little old.’
    • ‘However, the crème de la crème of the collection had to be his sweeping brocade print ball gowns in crimson red and dusty rose.’
    • ‘Around her the world is beginning to make itself known again, and the room is warm and pale rose.’
    • ‘The colour is salt rose and doesn't it really just pop-out at you?’
    • ‘Naraea's neck lay exposed, her pale skin rose and gold in the candlelight.’
    • ‘Her high cheekbones were covered with the faintest hint of rose blush to highlight her complexion.’
    • ‘Threads of rose and gold stretched across the sky as navy faded into cobalt.’
    • ‘There were freshwater pearl drop earrings and a matching five stringed pearl choker, framed in delicate rose gold.’
    • ‘She stretched and looked at Amanda in disgust who wore a bright pink bathrobe over a rose pink colored nightgown complete with pink furry trimmings.’
    • ‘In late evening, as the sun sets, the hills on the distant horizon tint to pink and deep rose.’
    • ‘As her eyes flickered shut she saw the sun bursting through the trees in marvelous streams of gold, deep rose, and lavender.’
    • ‘Aquamarine is the new lime green, coral is the new taupe, dusty rose is the new periwinkle, shell is the new cream.’
    • ‘The sun sets with every shade of blush and rose imaginable lacing across the horizon.’
    • ‘But the worst of all was her silver eye shadow and rose red lipstick.’
    1. 3.1usually rosesUsed in reference to a rosy complexion, especially that of a young woman.
      ‘the fresh air will soon put the roses back in her cheeks’
      • ‘I'm warning you now, Rena, I have a hefty arsenal of things to say that'll put those roses in your cheeks.’
  • 4A perforated cap attached to a shower, the spout of a watering can, or the end of a hose to produce a spray.

    • ‘Place the seeds on this and cover with soil to the depth of the seed, then water with a watering can rose.’
    nozzle, head, spray, rose, atomizer, sprinkler, sprinkler head, spout, nose
  • 5

    short for compass rose

    • ‘Both have impressive white marble fireplaces as well as timber flooring, cornices, centre roses and shuttered sash windows.’

transitive verb

[with object]literary
  • Make rosy.

    ‘a warm flush now rosed her hitherto blue cheeks’
    • ‘Picotee's face was rosed over with the brilliance of some excitement.’


    come out smelling like a rose
    • Emerge from a difficult situation with one's reputation intact.

      • ‘whatever you do today, you will likely come out smelling like a rose’
    under the rose
    • In confidence; under pledge of secrecy.

      See also sub rosa

      ‘Attendees understood that whatever was said under the rose - or sub rosa - had to remain a secret.’
      • ‘In ancient times a rose was attached to the ceiling of council chambers as an indication that everybody present was sworn to secrecy, sub rosa - under the rose.’
    come up roses
    • (of a situation) develop in a very favorable way.

      ‘everything was coming up roses and there was nothing to worry about’
      • ‘In contrast, Butcher would have you believe everything was coming up roses for his team, despite yesterday bringing only their third league victory in the course of their past 11 games.’
      • ‘Everything's coming up roses at this point in her life.’
      • ‘Perhaps if they were allowed to see things as they really are, they just might realise that away from their palaces and grand homes, things in the real world are not always coming up roses.’
      • ‘An art student infatuated with a handsome cardiologist, her Angelique has just won a scholarship and everything in her life is coming up roses.’
      • ‘And then there's my father who was always risking everything all the time and it was years before things started to come up roses for him.’
      • ‘It's totally different to what I'm used to and hopefully I can come up roses.’
      • ‘Honey, everything's coming up roses for me and for you!’
      • ‘Well you know the last time you joined us you told us the U.S. economy is in great shape, everything's coming up roses.’
      • ‘Thankfully, it's also the absolute nadir of the album at large, so everything else comes up roses by comparison.’
      • ‘If you try your best everything will come up roses and all.’
      • ‘And anyway, when everything comes up roses it won't matter why we did it.’


Old English rōse, of Germanic origin, from Latin rosa; reinforced in Middle English by Old French rose.

Main definitions of rose in English

: rose1rose2rosé3


Pronunciation /rōz/ /roʊz/

Translate rose into Spanish



Main definitions of rosé in English

: rose1rose2rosé3


Pronunciation /rōˈzā/ /roʊˈzeɪ/

Translate rosé into Spanish


  • Any light pink wine, colored by only brief contact with red grape skins.

    ‘a glass of rosé’
    • ‘a local rosé wine’
    • ‘Her St Tropez chicken, typically, is named not for the provenance of its ingredients - rosé wine, honey and lavender - but in honour of its bronzed and crisped skin, the famous St Tropez tan.’
    • ‘Last year, partly due to a sweltering summer, we guzzled 25 per cent more rosé wines than the year before.’
    • ‘I tried some rosé wine and then had two glasses of champagne too.’
    • ‘What makes rosé different from red wine is the limited contact the juice has with the skins - as little as a few hours.’
    • ‘This strawberry fruity Kiwi rosé made from Merlot and Pinot Noir is just the thing.’
    • ‘White and rosé wines do not produce the same effect.’
    • ‘The good news is that just as still pink wines have become respectable over the past decade, slowly so has rosé champagne, with more care taken over its production.’
    • ‘In return you will send two flutes of rosé champagne their way, because you just happened to be celebrating something.’
    • ‘There is a limited menu and a choice of only three wines: white, red or rosé.’
    • ‘This Grenache-based rosé is a perfect summer pink, with refreshing, strawberry and rose hip flavours.’
    • ‘Finally we tasted the Duval-Leroy Rosé de Saignée - a good solid rosé that's also nonvintage.’
    • ‘Because this was Provence, we ordered a bottle of rosé and a dish of zucchini blossoms, which I'd heard Vergé sometimes stuffed with whole truffles.’
    • ‘I ended up eating some of the darker batch with the rest of the bottle of rosé late last night, then finishing most of it up before, during, and after breakfast this morning.’
    • ‘Serve with a good chilled rosé - which will taste particularly fine with the rich, oily fish, sweet onions and salty olives.’
    • ‘This pale, full-bodied rosé is as good as anything being produced in more expensive Tavel in the Rhône valley.’
    • ‘Richard jumps in, with memories of his parents drinking Blue Nun and Matéus rosé in the Seventies.’
    • ‘When boyfriends took me out to dinner, I always asked for Mateus rosé and told the waiter to save the bottle.’
    • ‘Among reds, simple, fruity wines such as Beaujolais work best, while off-dry rosés are tailor-made for spices.’


French, literally ‘pink’.



/rōˈzā/ /roʊˈzeɪ/