nounchiefly North American
1The art, originating in Norway, of painting wooden furniture and objects with flower motifs.
- You can find wall-mounted coat racks with rosemaling, or other styles of decorative painting.
1.1Painted flower motifs originating in Norway.
- The current popularity of the peasant arts of wood carving and rosemaling (rose painting) also grew out of the bygdelag tradition.
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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.
1940s: from Norwegian, literally 'rose painting'.
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