• Rose-colored.
  • Used in names of birds with partly pink plumage, e.g., roseate tern, roseate spoonbill.
  • Optimistic or idealistic.

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Example Sentences

“Panes of roseate window glass gave the room a warm glow during the day.”

“In the roseate dreams of her youth, Sandra wanted to move to Los Angeles to be an actress.”

“I saw three roseate spoonbills during my morning kayaking.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-15th century

Why this word?

“Roseate” — from the Latin “roseus,” meaning “rosy” — is an adjective to describe something quite literally colored pink, or it can take on the metaphorical definition of  “excessively optimistic.” The expression “seeing the world through rose-colored glasses” has been in use since the 1830s as a poetic descriptor for “living with optimism,” albeit tinged with naïveté. When “roseate” is used as a descriptor for birds, it’s because they have pink plumage. The roseate spoonbill is not naive; it just eats crustaceans that give it a rosy hue, similar to flamingos.

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