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Princeton's WordNet

  1. primrose, primulanoun

    any of numerous short-stemmed plants of the genus Primula having tufted basal leaves and showy flowers clustered in umbels or heads


  1. primrosenoun

    An early-flowering plant of the genus Primula, with white, red, or yellow flowers.

  2. primrosenoun

    A plant of the family Primulaceae.

  3. primrosenoun

    A plant of the genus Oenothera.

  4. primrosenoun

    Specifically, the species Primula vulgaris.

  5. primrosenoun

    A flower of a primrose plant.

  6. primroseadjective

    Of a light yellow colour.

  7. Primrosenoun

    . Rare, and of mostly British usage.

  8. Etymology: primus, + rose

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Primrosenoun

    primula veris, Lat. A plant.

    The flower of the primrose consists of one leaf, the lower part of which is tubulose, but the upper part expands itself flat in form of a salver, and is cut into several segments; from the flower-cup, which is fistulous, arises the pointal, which, when the flower is decayed, becomes an oblong fruit or husk, lying almost concealed in the flower-cup, and opens at the top, in which are contained many roundish seeds fastened to the placenta. Philip Miller.

    Pale primroses,
    That die unmarried, ere they can behold
    Bright Phœbus in his strength. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    I would look pale as primrose. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    There followeth, for the latter part of January, primroses, anemonies, the early tulip. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    I had thought to have let in some of all professions, that go the primrose way to the everlasting bonefire. William Shakespeare.


  1. primrose

    A primrose is a type of herbaceous flowering plant, usually perennials, belonging to the genus Primula. These plants are typically characterized by their vibrant colors which include yellow, pink, red, white, and purple. They bloom in the early spring, hence the name 'primrose', which means 'first' or 'early'. The primrose is often associated with the beginning of spring and symbolizes youth and new beginnings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primroseadjective

    an early flowering plant of the genus Primula (P. vulgaris) closely allied to the cowslip. There are several varieties, as the white-, the red-, the yellow-flowered, etc. Formerly called also primerole, primerolles

  2. Primroseadjective

    any plant of the genus Primula

  3. Primroseadjective

    of or pertaining to the primrose; of the color of a primrose; -- hence, flowery; gay

  4. Etymology: [OE. primerole, F. primerole, a derivative fr. LL. primula, from L. primus first. See Prime, a.]


  1. Primrose

    Primrose is a village in Boone County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 61 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Primrose

    prim′rōz, n. an early spring flower common in woods and meadows: a plant of the genus Primula: (Spens.) the first or earliest flower, the first or choicest.—adj. resembling a primrose in colour: flowery, gay.—Primrose League, a political association for the spread of Conservative opinions—formed in 1883 in memory of Lord Beaconsfield, whose favourite flower is said to have been the primrose. [Fr. prime rose—as if L. prima rosa; really through O. Fr. primerole and Low L. dim. forms from L. primus.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Primrose

    the name of a family in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield."

Etymology and Origins

  1. Primrose

    So far from expressing the first or spring rose, the term is a corruption of the Italian primerola, the first spring flower.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Primrose is ranked #21707 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Primrose surname appeared 1,199 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Primrose.

    88.2% or 1,058 total occurrences were White.
    8.2% or 99 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of primrose in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of primrose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of primrose in a Sentence

  1. Sally Goodsir:

    Inside is beautifully upholstered in primrose yellow silk, and also fitted into the interior, our particular specimen woods. It’s a real microcosm of British and world history. There’re woods from the royal residences, from explorations and from other countries and nations as well.

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