Definition of rosemaling in English:


Line breaks: rose|mal¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊsəˌmɑːlɪŋ
, -ˌmɔːlɪŋ, -zə-/


[mass noun] chiefly North American
1The art, originating in Norway, of painting wooden furniture and objects with flower motifs: the folk art of rosemaling
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  • You can find wall-mounted coat racks with rosemaling, or other styles of decorative painting.
1.1Painted flower motifs as used in rosemaling: there is excruciating embarrassment in smudged rosemaling
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  • The current popularity of the peasant arts of wood carving and rosemaling (rose painting) also grew out of the bygdelag tradition.


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



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  • 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.

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