American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the color rose.
- adj. Cheerful or optimistic, especially to an excessive degree: took a rose-colored view of the situation.
- idiom. through rose-colored glasses With an unduly cheerful, optimistic, or favorable view of things: see the world through rose-colored glasses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the color of a rose; rosy: as, the rose-colored pastors, the starlings of the genus Pastor. See cut under Pastor.
- Uncommonly beautiful; hence, extravagantly fine or pleasing: as, rose-colored views of the future.
- adj. US alternative spelling of rose-coloured.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the color of a pink rose; rose-pink; of a delicate pink color.
- adj. Uncommonly beautiful; hence, extravagantly fine or pleasing; alluring.
- adj. having a rose color
- adj. reflecting optimism
- rose + colored (Wiktionary)
“It's a magical dress of rose-colored silk that transports Louise on her first time-traveling trip.”
“In other words, after several quarters of too much pessimism, Wall Street may have become too rose-colored heading into this quarter's reporting season.”
“Though maybe that's me seeing through rose-colored glasses again.”
“These are, admittedly, highly rose-colored numbers for a short term solution.”
“With rose-colored glasses shall we deny the realities of the unregulated global economy, and the availability of cheap labor overseas?”
“At the tents in New York this week, editors, bloggers and publicity people are donning Instagram's digital rose-colored glasses and uploading images by the thousands, to the chagrin of some professional photographers.”
“Painting a truthful picture about what the maintenance positions entailed—restroom cleaning assignment responsibilities; the daily wipe down of the Yankee Stadium seats section by section; the power-washing and scrub-brushing of everything concrete; massive wipe downs of the many blue stadium columns; major squeegee work on rainy days; the transport of large bins of food and trash to garbage and recycling dumpsters—the brush they used on the job description disrupted my rose-colored canvas.”
“It sees a “reality” through its own rose-colored glasses of a white conservative America that is unstoppable and deeply religious.”
“Items recovered from decedent's jacket pocket: half a Big Mac wrapper, a bottle of pink stuff, rose-colored comb with missing teeth, address book”
“He repeated the motion several times, and the rose-colored heap grew larger and larger until it seemed that so much mass could not have been contained within the now-hollowed fruit.”
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