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rose +‎ -ate (like, similar to).



roseate (comparative more roseate, superlative most roseate)

  1. Like the rose flower; pink; rosy.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 3, chapter 7
      The countess took the roseate palm and snowy fingers of this lovely child.
    • 1922, A. M. Chisholm, A Thousand a Plate
      Now the rum, as has been said, was criminally overproof, and they had had no intoxicants for a long time. And so a couple of stiff drinks produced a beautiful and generous expansion of soul. The mean cabin became larger, the fire warmer and more cheerful, and life generally of a more roseate hue. They began to feel the prodigal Thanksgiving spirit, and to regret their limited opportunities for satisfying it.

Usage notes[edit]

A formal term, primarily used in animal names, and not known or used in common speech. Casual equivalents are pink, rosy, pinkish, and the like.