A rose is a flower that people in love give each other. Even though Juliet says to Romeo, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” don’t go calling it a dandelion.

Roses have multi-layered petals and smell wonderfully sweet. They come in a wide variety of colors that can convey various meanings: a single red rose, for example, sometimes means, “I love you.” Rose is also the past tense of rise, as in “Yesterday, the water rose to the top.” As an adjective, rose means “pink,” and when the word is pronounced row-SAY, it means a rose-colored wine. The Latin source of rose is rosa, which probably comes from an Iranian root.

Definitions of rose
  1. noun

    any of many shrubs of the genus Rosa that bear roses

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    Rosa pendulina, mountain rose

    European alpine rose with crimson flowers
    Rosa spithamaea, ground rose

    low-growing bristly shrub of southern Oregon and California with creeping rootstocks and usually corymbose flowers
    Rosa banksia, banksia rose

    Chinese evergreen climbing rose with yellow or white single flowers
    Rosa canina, dog rose

    prickly wild rose with delicate pink or white scentless flowers; native to Europe
    Bengal rose, China rose, Rosa chinensis

    shrubby Chinese rose; ancestor of many cultivated garden roses
    Rosa damascena, damask rose, summer damask rose

    large hardy very fragrant pink rose; cultivated in Asia Minor as source of attar of roses; parent of many hybrids
    Rosa eglanteria, briar, brier, eglantine, sweetbriar, sweetbrier

    Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips
    Cherokee rose, Rosa laevigata

    Chinese climbing rose with fragrant white blossoms
    Japanese rose, Rosa multiflora, baby rose, multiflora, multiflora rose

    vigorously growing rose having clusters of numerous small flowers; used for hedges and as grafting stock
    Rosa moschata, musk rose

    rose native to Mediterranean region having curved or climbing branches and loose clusters of musky-scented flowers
    Rosa odorata, tea rose

    any of several hybrid bush roses derived from a tea-scented Chinese rose with pink or yellow flowers
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    bush, shrub

    a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems

  2. noun

    a dusty pink color

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    old rose

    a greyish-pink color
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    a light shade of red

  3. adjective

    of something having a dusty purplish pink color

    rosaceous, roseate


    being or having or characterized by hue
  4. noun

    pinkish table wine from red grapes whose skins were removed after fermentation began

    blush wine, pink wine, rose wine
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    vino, wine

    fermented juice (of grapes especially)

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