Main definitions of rose in English

: rosé1rose2rose3

rosé1

noun

mass noun
  • Any light pink wine, coloured by only brief contact with red grape skins.

    ‘a glass of rosé’
    as modifier ‘a local rosé wine’
    • ‘Richard jumps in, with memories of his parents drinking Blue Nun and Matéus rosé in the Seventies.’
    • ‘Last year, partly due to a sweltering summer, we guzzled 25 per cent more rosé wines than the year before.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This strawberry fruity Kiwi rosé made from Merlot and Pinot Noir is just the thing.’
    • ‘Among reds, simple, fruity wines such as Beaujolais work best, while off-dry rosés are tailor-made for spices.’
    • ‘When boyfriends took me out to dinner, I always asked for Mateus rosé and told the waiter to save the bottle.’
    • ‘In return you will send two flutes of rosé champagne their way, because you just happened to be celebrating something.’
    • ‘This pale, full-bodied rosé is as good as anything being produced in more expensive Tavel in the Rhône valley.’
    • ‘Finally we tasted the Duval-Leroy Rosé de Saignée - a good solid rosé that's also nonvintage.’
    • ‘This Grenache-based rosé is a perfect summer pink, with refreshing, strawberry and rose hip flavours.’
    • ‘I tried some rosé wine and then had two glasses of champagne too.’
    • ‘There is a limited menu and a choice of only three wines: white, red or rosé.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘White and rosé wines do not produce the same effect.’
    • ‘What makes rosé different from red wine is the limited contact the juice has with the skins - as little as a few hours.’
    • ‘Serve with a good chilled rosé - which will taste particularly fine with the rich, oily fish, sweet onions and salty olives.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

French, literally ‘pink’.

Pronunciation

rosé

/ˈrəʊzeɪ/

Main definitions of rose in English

: rosé1rose2rose3

rose2

noun

  • 1A prickly bush or shrub that typically bears red, pink, yellow, or white fragrant flowers, native to north temperate regions and widely grown as an ornamental.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These roses can often grow back from their roots if their tops die from winter cold.’
    • ‘In addition, a spray of yellow roses growing against a brick or stone home can be a beautiful addition to the landscape.’
    • ‘Unlike the stiff and fussy hybrid tea roses, these roses make excellent landscape shrubs.’
    • ‘Their purpose is to help all of us learn how to grow great roses, no matter what climate we live in.’
    • ‘When my neighbor retired he announced that he was going to spend his new freedom growing roses.’
    • ‘This past winter's cold took a heavy toll on various roses and butterfly bushes; it did in the rosemary, too.’
    • ‘Bush roses are shrub like and climbers produce canes that require some sort of support.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prune your roses to increase blooming and decrease disease and pest problems.’
    • ‘The consignment consists of six varieties of Indian roses - red, pink, white, yellow, orange and shaded.’
    • ‘The MacDonalds have gone for a pleasing mix of old and modern, shrub and bedding roses in white, pink, purple and gold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On roses with yellow blooms, a lack of nitrogen frequently appears as yellow leaves.’
    • ‘They also intended to grow roses and other flowers for commercial purposes.’
    • ‘Where northern roses are pruned in the spring, temperate climate roses are pruned in the fall or winter.’
    • ‘Shrub roses that flower only in spring should be pruned after they have flowered.’
    1. 1.1 The flower of a rose bush.
      ‘he sent her a dozen red roses’
      • ‘He handed me the rose, and planted a kiss on my cheeks.’
      • ‘He brought Mother a gorgeous bouquet of all different flowers - red and pink roses, lilies and daisies.’
      • ‘Zoe bent down to smell the bouquet of red, white, and pink roses.’
      • ‘Two minutes later the pink and yellow roses sat in a vase on my dresser across from my bed.’
      • ‘They found their way to the bridal table, set up with red, white and yellow roses.’
      • ‘It was made up of white oleanders and pink roses lined with small chrysanthemums tied together with a single satin ribbon.’
      • ‘When she heard a knock, Jeannie grabbed a bouquet of white and light pink roses and opened the door.’
      • ‘A spectacular rose garden is bursting into bloom in Capitol Park.’
      • ‘Place fragrant flowers (like roses and lilacs) in a vase about a foot behind an oscillating fan.’
      • ‘Mixing red, yellow, pink and peach roses in a colored glass vase or stylish ceramic container adds elegance and charm.’
      • ‘He picked a yellow rose of the bush behind them, putting it in her hand.’
      • ‘The church was beautifully decorated in white and pink roses.’
      • ‘I was whisked away like a Hollywood star, holding bouquets of soft garden roses.’
      • ‘Releasing her, he moved across to a bush crowned with yellow roses and bent down to enjoy its perfume.’
      • ‘Tess was sitting on a mat on the driveway, sketching the roses on the rose bush.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The infestation in your rose garden is probably thrips.’
      • ‘Everyone laid white and pink roses on the casket before the end of the burial.’
      • ‘Stepping into the rose garden, she paused and looked up towards the sky.’
    2. 1.2 Used in names of other plants whose flowers resemble roses, e.g. Christmas rose, rose of Sharon.
      • ‘The rose of Sharon is a species of hibiscus, not a rose, but let that be.’
    3. 1.3 A rose regarded as an emblem of beauty, delicacy, or purity.
      ‘she's a rose between two thorns’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her future, and all hopes of it, fluttered away like so many petals on a dying rose.’
      • ‘Pushing away from the wall he grinned, ‘and you have bloomed into a rose beyond beauty.’’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4roses Used to refer to favourable circumstances or ease of success.
      ‘all is not roses in the firm today’
      • ‘Despite winning accolades as Minister, his political career was not roses all the way.’
      • ‘The days of big cheque books and wine and roses and players who are up in that league are gone.’
  • 2A stylized representation of a rose in heraldry or decoration, typically with five petals (especially as a national emblem of England)

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

    ‘the rose and gold of dawn’
    as modifier ‘the 100% cotton range is available in rose pink and ocean blue’
    in combination ‘leaves with rose-red margins’
    • ‘There were freshwater pearl drop earrings and a matching five stringed pearl choker, framed in delicate rose gold.’
    • ‘The rose pink I'd had on the walls since I was seven was getting a little old.’
    • ‘Around her the world is beginning to make itself known again, and the room is warm and pale rose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Threads of rose and gold stretched across the sky as navy faded into cobalt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The colour is salt rose and doesn't it really just pop-out at you?’
    • ‘As her eyes flickered shut she saw the sun bursting through the trees in marvelous streams of gold, deep rose, and lavender.’
    • ‘Madame sighed and lifted the hem of her long, dusty rose pink dress out of the snow with her free hand.’
    • ‘Tiny ivory turnips blushed with rose pink are this season's pleasant surprise.’
    • ‘Aquamarine is the new lime green, coral is the new taupe, dusty rose is the new periwinkle, shell is the new cream.’
    • ‘Naraea's neck lay exposed, her pale skin rose and gold in the candlelight.’
    • ‘Other colours include midnight black, ocean blue, rose pink and olive green.’
    • ‘Her high cheekbones were covered with the faintest hint of rose blush to highlight her complexion.’
    • ‘But the worst of all was her silver eye shadow and rose red lipstick.’
    • ‘She smothered her creased skirts with her hands then pulled her matching, dusted rose pink gloves off and set them on a side table.’
    • ‘Ideally the outside should be dark brown and sizzling, the fat crisp and the inside of the meat a deep, juicy rose pink.’
    • ‘However, the crème de la crème of the collection had to be his sweeping brocade print ball gowns in crimson red and dusty rose.’
    • ‘In late evening, as the sun sets, the hills on the distant horizon tint to pink and deep rose.’
    • ‘The sun sets with every shade of blush and rose imaginable lacing across the horizon.’
    1. 3.1usually roses Used in reference to a rosy complexion.
      ‘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, atomizer, sprinkler, sprinkler head, spout, nose
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  • 5

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

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.’

Phrases

  • come up roses

    • (of a situation) develop in a very favourable way.

      ‘everything was coming up roses and there was nothing to worry about’
      • ‘An art student infatuated with a handsome cardiologist, her Angelique has just won a scholarship and everything in her life is coming up roses.’
      • ‘If you try your best everything will come up roses and all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everything's coming up roses at this point in her life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Honey, everything's coming up roses for me and for you!’
      • ‘And anyway, when everything comes up roses it won't matter why we did it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thankfully, it's also the absolute nadir of the album at large, so everything else comes up roses by comparison.’
  • come up (or out) smelling of roses

    • Emerge from a difficult situation with one's reputation intact.

      ‘you came out of a tight spot smelling of roses’
      • ‘With their grip on the Irish market so strong it was perhaps inevitable that each was capable of making costly mistakes and still come up smelling of roses.’
      • ‘A leading high-street bank came up smelling of roses today after switching its energy supply to run on sewage.’
      • ‘And the men come out smelling of roses, the poor victims of manipulative, scheming women.’
      • ‘Décor is more stylish library bar than grimy Peckham pub so lawyers chatting over pints at wooden tables and couples smooching in corner booths can all come up smelling of roses.’
      • ‘By the end of the story, Howland has hardly changed at all, and he comes out smelling of roses.’
      • ‘They totally cleared the politician - who came up smelling of roses - but the whole incident put a dampener on things.’
      • ‘It is anticipated that some of the hierarchy will not come out smelling of roses.’
      • ‘God knows he's served up enough gaffes in the past, only to come up smelling of roses each time.’
      • ‘But the firm doesn't always come up smelling of roses.’
      • ‘Somehow, he still comes up smelling of roses, and sought after.’
  • under the rose

    • archaic In secret; sub rosa.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Attendees understood that whatever was said under the rose - or sub rosa - had to remain a secret.’
      in secret, secretly, in private, privately, in confidence, confidentially, behind closed doors, surreptitiously, discreetly, furtively, clandestinely, on the quiet, on the sly, unofficially, off the record, between ourselves
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

rose

/rəʊz/

Main definitions of rose in English

: rosé1rose2rose3

rose3

Pronunciation

rose

/rəʊz/