Definition of roseate in English:

roseate

adjective

  • 1Rose-colored.

    ‘the early, roseate light’
    • ‘The roseate hue could symbolize the feminine and/or could evoke intimate or flushed skin.’
    • ‘As the L.A.-based painter makes staggeringly evident, meat is raw organic matter, streaked with stringy sinew and mottled with roseate fat.’
    • ‘Miraculously, both my eyes were untouched, but though Mahulda rinsed them with boric acid, I could not rid my vision of a faint roseate tint.’
    • ‘Behold how gracious and beneficent smiles the roseate morn!’
    • ‘In recent months Robert Smithson's monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty, built in 1970 in a shallow bay of roseate water in the northeast section of Utah's Great Salt Lake, has become landlocked.’
    • ‘Manet was starkly linear, and sober in his coloration, whilst Renoir preferred loose curves and a roseate blur.’
    • ‘A choicely clad company has assembled under a colonnade, their glossy-faced children as if chipped from roseate pearl, their spaniel dogs straight out of a scene painted by Metsu or Terborch.’
    • ‘Naturally she has paid close attention to her immensely panniered sea-green dress and the long stomacher of roseate buckles which clasps the narrow span of her waist.’
    pink, pinkish, rose-pink, rose-coloured, red, reddish, rose-red
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    1. 1.1 Used in names of birds with partly pink plumage, e.g., roseate tern, roseate spoonbill.
      • ‘Volunteers are planning to make decoys and place them on the island to attract roseate terns in time for next year's nesting season.’
      • ‘Some islands provide nesting habitat that is critical to the survival of the endangered roseate tern.’
      • ‘Behind them, on the island, glorious dark-pink roseate spoonbills roost in the dry trees; further on, flamingos delicately lift into the sky when the boatman claps his hands.’
      • ‘In several drawings, the roseate forms reappear, sometimes in the corners, sometimes elsewhere, and in one or two, the emblematic Baselitz eagle, right side up and upside down.’
      • ‘Its spread wings and belly were the same opaque, gentle roseate.’
      • ‘The eight endangered species of birds are common scoter, hen harrier, grey partridge, corncrake, red-necked phalarope, nightjar, roseate tern and corn bunting.’
      • ‘The Musée d' Orsay has sent The Snake Charmer, my favourite Rousseau, in which a pitch-black silhouette of an Indian pipe-player, who is hung with snakes, tempts closer a pink approximation of a roseate spoonbill.’
      • ‘Warner's Island historically provided habitat for the endangered roseate tern, which prefers nesting on small islands under or adjacent to objects that provide cover.’
      • ‘Overhead, gulls, brown pelicans, and roseate spoonbills wheel through the steamy air.’
      • ‘The park is known for its rich bird life, so focus on large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, woodstork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets.’
      • ‘There were the gaudily plumed roseate spoonbills, their bright pink feathers glowing when they passed between my hide and the rising sun.’
      • ‘We're beginning to see roseate spoonbills, reddish egrets, tricolored herons, more edge-dwellers who reach their northernmost ranges along the Gulf coast.’
      • ‘Ram Island had been cleared of competing gulls some years ago to open up beach nesting habitat for the endangered roseate tern (Sterna dougallii dougallii), which then flocked to nest there.’
      red, pink, ruddy, glowing, reddish, pinkish, florid, high-coloured, healthy-looking, aglow, burning, flaming, feverish, rubicund, rosy
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  • 2Optimistic; promising good fortune.

    ‘his letters home give a very good, although somewhat too roseate, idea of how he lived’
    • ‘That roseate view met with considerable skepticism.’
    • ‘Last week we alluded to Weimar Germany as the counter-example par excellence to refute this roseate view.’
    • ‘The leading of our eyes to some lustrous or roseate goal is second nature to them.’
    • ‘Man Singh I was the ruler who gave it the roseate hue.’
    • ‘Melodramatic subtitle notwithstanding, Delano's portrait of Brook Farm is mostly roseate.’
    • ‘I think Justice Deane had a rather roseate view of the English past.’
    • ‘It seems to me baseless utopianism to suppose they were once integrated in a roseate pre-capitalist past.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin roseus ‘rosy’ (from rosa ‘rose’) + -ate.

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