Definition of rosette in English:

rosette

Line breaks: ros|ette
Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈzɛt
 
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noun

1A rose-shaped decoration, typically made of ribbon, worn by supporters of a sports team or political party or awarded as a prize: the showjumping rosettes Samantha had accumulated
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  • Another attraction at the Royal Show, also competing for rosettes and prize cards are over thirty pure breeds of poultry, exhibiting in the Poultry Marquee on the first three days of the show and followed by a poultry display on the fourth.
  • Rival candidates sought to display their strength by adorning the streets and their supporters with banners and rosettes.
  • The prize was decorated with silk rosettes, fruit and small stuffed birds.
2An object or arrangement resembling a rose, in particular:
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  • The doorknobs' roses or rosettes are simply cast and machined brass discs with a ribbed outside border having a three-inch diameter, twice the size of the normal knob rose.
  • Designed with a center emphasis, the fabrics are arranged in rings of hexagons, with four additional rosettes in the corners.
  • For example, the dark blue triangles on the pink background of the rosettes are barely perceptible in the old photograph and may be missed entirely if the viewer is not aware of the value shift.
2.1 Architecture A carved or moulded ornament resembling or representing a rose: some stone friezes carved with rosettes
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  • Among them are the carved rosette and floral vines emanating from the crest along the upper stiles, the five curved slats with leafage and fish-scale carving, and the pendant rosettes on the front legs.
  • He will also reproduce period fireplace surrounds, ceiling rosettes, and freestanding carvings in the manner of Grinling Gibbons.
  • Upon entering the hall from the gallery of the rotunda, the viewer faced the elevated rostrum of the speaker at the south end, located under an arch that featured coffers filled with plaster rosettes.
2.2 Biology A marking or group of markings resembling a rose: on the greater part of the body the spots are grouped in rosettes
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  • Bengt had always been very proud of her cat's spotted fur, which was shiny and brown with large red-copper rosettes outlined in dark-gray.
  • Looking down at her, I admire the black rosettes of her spots against the snow-white beauty of her fur.
  • On a visit to a zoo in Delhi, India, in 1980, Mill spotted a feral, orange domestic cat with deep brown rosettes that lived in the rhinoceros compound and earned its keep as a ratter.
2.3A radial arrangement of horizontally spreading leaves at the base of a low-growing plant: a large rosette of basal leaves
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  • Smooth leaves form a rosette at the base, which flower stems rise up to 12 inches above.
  • Plants form a tight rosette of leaves, not a long blocky head.
  • They have low spreading rosettes of leaves numbering from six to twenty.
2.4A rose diamond: three large round rosettes put together using table cut diamonds set in silvered gold

Origin

mid 18th century: from French, diminutive of rose (see rose1).

Derivatives

rosetted

adjective
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  • I was trying to find out how easy it would be to buy a beautiful rosetted ‘tiger’ pelt that has cost so many jaguars their lives but which on the black market would fetch a paltry $400.

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