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[rohz-buhd] /ˈroʊzˌbʌd/
the bud of a rose.
Origin of rosebud
1605-15; rose1 + bud1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Miss Haig nodded and her rosebud mouth straightened into as thin a line as one could expect of a rouge-à-lèvre rosebud.

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
  • Emily's face flushed like a rosebud when she laid them on the table.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • Out in this rosebud Country, of which the story is told, are there no colored people?

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • The girl's rosebud lips parted in a smile of wondering delight.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • The oriental lover can find no sweeter name for the object of his passion than "My rosebud!"

British Dictionary definitions for rosebud


the bud of a rose
(literary) a pretty young woman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rosebud

1610s, from rose (n.1) + bud (n.). Hence, "young girl in her first bloom, a debutante."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rosebud



The anus (1970s+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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