- an ornament made of ribbons, threads, etc. gathered or tufted in the shape of a rose
- any formation, arrangement, etc. resembling or suggesting a rose
- Archit. a painted or sculptured ornament, usually circular, having petals and leaves radiating symmetrically from the center
- Bot. a circular cluster of leaves, petals, or other organs, esp. such a cluster produced at the base of a plant as a means of overwintering
Origin of rosetteFrench ; from OFr, diminutive of rose, a rose ; from Classical Latin rosa, rose
- An ornament or badge made of ribbon or silk that is pleated or gathered to resemble a rose and is given as an award, used to decorate clothing, or worn in the buttonhole of civilian dress to indicate the possession of certain medals or honors.
- A roselike marking or formation, such as one of the clusters of spots on a leopard's fur.
- Architecture A painted, carved, or sculptured ornament having a circular arrangement of parts radiating out from the center and suggesting the petals of a rose.
- Botany A circular cluster of leaves that radiate from a center at or close to the ground, as in the dandelion.
- An ornamental circular band surrounding the central hole of an acoustic guitar.
Origin of rosetteFrench, from Old French, diminutive of rose, rose; see rose1.
top: jaguar fur
bottom: acoustic guitar
- An imitation of a rose by means of ribbon or other material, used especially as an ornament or a badge.
- (architecture) An ornament in the form of a rose or roundel, much used in decoration.
- A red color.
- A rose burner.
- (botany) One or more whorls of leaves, clustered tightly at the base of a plant.
- (botany) A plant growth form in which the plant grows outward in all directions for a short distance, producing a small round shape.
- (zoology) Any structure having a flowerlike form; especially, the group of five broad ambulacra on the upper side of the spatangoid and clypeastroid sea urchins.
- (zoology) A flowerlike color marking, as on the leopard.
- A floral pattern in latte art.
- (medicine) A clustered formation of tumor cells.
From French rosette.