Share this entry

English rose Line breaks: Eng|lish rose

Definition of English rose in English:


An attractive English girl with a delicate, fair-skinned complexion regarded as typically English.
Example sentences
  • Even her image as the sexy English rose is more complex than it appears at first sight.
  • Lastly, although she seems to be an English rose, her father was Irish (rather romantically descended from a Celtic chieftain) and she spent much of her childhood in Ireland, which was where her love of plants began.
  • To a Victorian audience it would have been even more moving, for on close inspection she is no Greek maiden, but a late-Victorian English rose whose predicament is straight from the pages of a penny dreadful or pocket novella.

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈdo͞ofəs
a stupid person