from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The color of a rose; specifically, a deep and vivid pink, a color common in roses. See rose, adjective
  • n. Hence Beauty or attractiveness, as of a rose; often, fancied beauty or attractiveness; couleur de rose: as, life appears to the young all rose-color.


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  • Pot-aux-Roses, and as the rebus was then in fashion, it had for its sign-board, a post (poteau) painted rose-color.

    Les Miserables

  • Of flowery bloom, the carnation seems a mixture of white and rose-color.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Her face, delicate as ever, had lost the rose-color which once gave it so rich a glow.

    A Woman of Thirty

  • Sometimes these sharp-pointed peaks, these mighty masses of rock, and airy caverns were lighted up one by one, according to the direction of the sun or the caprices of the atmosphere; they caught gleams of gold, dyed themselves in purple; took a tint of glowing rose-color, or turned dull and gray.

    The Magic Skin

  • She could still wear rose-color, and her hair hanging loose upon her shoulders.

    Two Poets

  • The two senior maids had stipulated for a preponderance of warm rose-color in the costumes, which suited every one.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1876

  • The shades of rose-color, crimson, or those beautiful modern combinations of velvet and brocade which suit so many matronly women, are all appropriate silver-wedding dresses.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • In a large arm-chair covered in red reclines a very young girl, whose dress, of a light rose-color, is nearly of the same tint as her own delicate complexion, while the red carpet at her feet, the carnations and red geraniums upon the table, all thrown out boldly upon a background of intense blue, produce a strange but wonderfully harmonious effect of color.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878 of Popular Literature and Science

  • We thus find that there is a deep truth in utilitarianism, after all -- the rose-color romancings of chameleon writers.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

  • "The flowers are white mingled with rose-color, and are collected in corymbs."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 61, November, 1862


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