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



    BrE BrE//rəʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊz//
    see also rise Plants
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  1. 1 [countable] a flower with a sweet smell that grows on a bush with thorns (= sharp points) on its stems a bunch of red roses a rose bush/garden a climbing/rambling rose See related entries: Plants
  2. 2 (also rose pink) [uncountable] a pink 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. 3[countable] a piece of metal or plastic with small holes in it that is attached to the end of a pipe or watering can so that the water comes out in a fine spray when you are watering plants
  4. 4= ceiling rose
  5. Idioms (informal) (of a situation) to be developing in a successful way Everything’s coming up roses! (not) an easy or a pleasant situation Their life together hasn't exactly been a bed of roses.
    come up/out of something smelling of roses
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    (informal) to still have a good reputation, even though you have been involved in something that might have given people a bad opinion of you Nobody ever knew the details and he came out of the deal smelling of roses.
    put roses in somebody’s cheeks
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    (British English, informal) to make somebody look healthy
    a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
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    (saying) what is important is what people or things are, not what they are called
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rose