- any of a genus (Primula) of plants of the primrose family, having variously colored, tubelike corollas with five spreading lobes
- the flower of any of these plants
- the light yellow of some primroses
- any of various other plants, as the evening primrose
Origin of primroseMiddle English primerose from MFr, altered (infl. by rose, rose) from Old French primerole, primrose from Medieval Latin primula, flower, daisy, primrose from Classical Latin primus, first: see prime
- of the primrose
- designating a family (Primulaceae, order Primulales) of dicotyledonous plants principally in the Northern Hemisphere, with flowers in clusters on a leafless stem, including loosestrife and cyclamen
Any of numerous plants of the genus Primula, having large basal leaves and clusters of variously colored flowers with a five-lobed bell-shaped or salverform corolla. Also called primula .
Origin of primroseMiddle English primerose from Old French from Medieval Latin prīma rosa first rose Latin prīma feminine of prīmus first ; see prime . Latin rosa rose
- A female given name. Rare, and of mostly British usage.
Invented in the 19th century from the flower primrose.