Definition of rosemaling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrōzəˌmäliNG/ Pronunciation: /ˈrōsə-/


chiefly North American
1The art, originating in Norway, of painting wooden furniture and objects with flower motifs.
Example sentences
  • You can find wall-mounted coat racks with rosemaling, or other styles of decorative painting.
1.1Painted flower motifs originating in Norway.
Example sentences
  • The current popularity of the peasant arts of wood carving and rosemaling (rose painting) also grew out of the bygdelag tradition.



Pronunciation: /-ˌmäld/ Pronunciation: /-ˌmält/
Example sentences
  • Give people a severe California-style rambler c. 1960, and by 2003 they've geegawed the lawn, hung kitsch in the windows, rosemaled the letterbox.


1940s: from Norwegian, literally 'rose painting'.

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Syllabification: ro·se·ma·ling

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