from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the odor of rose water; hence, affectedly nice or delicate; sentimental.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Water tinctured with oil of roses by distillation.
  • Having the odor or character of rose-water; hence, affectedly delicate or sentimental: as, rose-water religion.
  • The plateau for a rose-water ewer.


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  • Add half a pound of finely ground sugar and dampen with rose-water.

    Exit the Actress

  • Work three quarters of a pound butter, one pound of good sugar, till very white, whip ten whites to a foam, add the yolks and beat together, add one spoon rose-water, 2 of brandy, and put the whole to one and a quarter of a pound flour, if yet too soft add flour and bake slowly.

    Let Me Eat Cake

  • Remember, it's all about the illusion of abundance ... who cares if you fill these with rose-water or Charlie.

    Christene Barberich: Cheap Chic: Amazing Treasures Well Worth The Price Of UPS (PHOTOS)

  • All this could not fail to be highly exasperating to Ibsen, who had set out to be a realist, and was convicted by the spiteful hand of history of having been an idealist of the rose-water class.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • “Here it is for thee,” said she and filling her mouth with wine, gave him to drink thereof, whilst he gave her the like to drink; after which she sprinkled him with rose-water from front to foot, till the perfume scented the whole place.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then they sprinkled it with rose-water and incensed it with ambergris and aloes-wood and spread it with brocade.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then, while her husband watched them, she rose and filling a cup with wine, flavoured with powdered musk and rose-water, went close to Masrur, who sprang up to meet her, saying, “By Allah, the water of thy mouth is sweeter than this wine!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • They sprinkled rose-water on his face, till he came to himself, when he embraced Mahdiyah and carried her into a sitting-chamber, where he sat with her; and they twain lay together that night without fornication.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • They sat in mirth and good cheer till noon, when they brought them up the midday meal, all manner meats and sweetmeats of the very best; and they ate and drank costly sherbets and perfumed themselves thereafter with rose-water and scented woods.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So saying he wept, till he swooned away; whereupon she bade them sprinkle rose-water on his face, which they did till he revived, when she said,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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