Main definitions of rosalia in US English:

: rosalia1Rosalia2

rosalia1

(also rossalia)

noun

Medicine
  • The disease scarlet fever; (also) any of several diseases confused with this, especially rubella (German measles). Now historical.

Origin

Late 17th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin rossalia, also rosalia, apparently from Italian rosalia (although this is apparently first attested later: 1585, but see note), probably an alteration (with suffix substitution; compare -ale) of rosolia measles from rosa + a suffix of uncertain origin (perhaps compare -olo, diminutive suffix: see -ule) + -ia.

Pronunciation

rosalia

/rə(ʊ)ˈzeɪlɪə/

Main definitions of rosalia in US English:

: rosalia1Rosalia2

Rosalia2

noun

Music
  • The repetition of a phrase or melody one note higher, with the retention of the same intervals and a consequent change of key.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Busby (1754–1838), composer and author. Apparently from Italian Rosalia, probably from French rosalie, apparently ultimately from the female forename Rosalie, Rosalia.

Pronunciation

Rosalia

/rə(ʊ)ˈzɑːlɪə/