- any of various red cosmetics for coloring the cheeks or lips.
- a reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used for polishing metal, glass, etc.
- Canadian football.
- to color with rouge.
- to use rouge.
Origin of rouge1
- red; noting the red numbers in roulette.
Examples from the Web for rouge
No amount of rouge will ever camouflage rhetoric and sophistry.Letter to a Young Critic: William Giraldi Defends True Criticism
September 5, 2012
Her face was ghastly, save for the trace of rouge; her eyes were red-rimmed.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Had she got the rouge a trifle brighter on one cheek than on the other?Her Father's Daughter
Rouge was born in Silesia in 1813 and died in October, 1887.The Works of Whittier, Volume IV (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He was accused of putting on an imperceptible touch of rouge.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
From red that she had been, she was now ashen under her rouge.The Lion's Skin
- a red powder, used as a cosmetic for adding redness to the cheeks
- short for jeweller's rouge
- to apply rouge to
Word Origin and History for rouge
1753, in cosmetic sense, "blush," from French rouge "red coloring matter," noun use of adjective "red" (12c.), from Latin rubeus, related to ruber "red" (see red). Replaced native paint in this sense. The verb is attested from 1777. Related: Rouged; rouging. The same word had been borrowed from French in Middle English with the sense "red color; red" (early 15c.).