Definition of primrose noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɪmrəʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪmroʊz//
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  1. 1 [countable] a small wild plant that produces pale yellow flowers in spring
  2. 2(also primrose yellow) [uncountable] a pale yellow colour More Like This Colour compounds baby blue, china-blue, cobalt blue, electric blue, ice-blue, midnight blue, navy blue, peacock blue, petrol blue, powder blue, royal blue, sky-blue blood-red, cherry red, pillar-box red, wine red bottle-green, emerald green, jade green, lime green, olive-green, pea-green, sea-green lemon yellow, primrose yellow lily-white, snow-white coal-black, jet black, pitch-black charcoal grey, iron-grey, slate-grey rose pink, salmon pink, shocking pink nut-brownSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: compare with Old French primerose and medieval Latin prima rosa, literally ‘first rose’.Idioms (literary) an easy life that is full of pleasure but that causes you harm in the end