Definition of compass rose in US English:

compass rose

noun

  • A circle showing the principal directions printed on a map or chart.

    • ‘The compass rose is a symbol for the Special Forces Brigade’
    • ‘I don't use the Garmin maps that often, and especially not in flight (I've got too much else to do), so the arrow and compass rose that the Galileo displayed was really fine by me.’
    • ‘The wax revealed a compass rose made up of cross bones.’
    • ‘The sepia tones of the land areas yield to soft blues and greens that continue over the ceiling, anchored by a compass rose in the ceiling's center.’
    • ‘Above the sign was painted an ornate compass rose to indicate the necessary direction.’
    • ‘It is printed with a compass rose marking the eight standard directions, N, S, E, W, NE, NW, SE, SW.’
    • ‘Speaking of new functions in version 2.12, what is the interpretation of the ‘second transparent arrow’ in the compass rose?’
    • ‘Sometimes the chart is highly decorated with religious images, illustrations of local rulers, flags, coats-of-arms, compass roses and town vignettes.’
    • ‘At the $8 tier, Sunrise will be spun off as a separate brand and replaced by Xplorador, crafted especially for the U.S. market and featuring a compass rose and map on the label to symbolize adventure.’
    • ‘The IQ-Compeo will display the values of six user selected variables (from a list of 18 possible variables) in the lower half of the screen surrounding the compass rose.’
    • ‘Arrayed around it like points on the compass rose were sections of the house.’
    • ‘With a simple mental command, he called up a map of the area, and summoned a compass rose.’
    • ‘It was round, with a glittering gold compass rose painted on the ground.’

Pronunciation

compass rose

/ˈkəmpəs rōz/