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[roozh] /ruʒ/
any of various red cosmetics for coloring the cheeks or lips.
a reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used for polishing metal, glass, etc.
verb (used with object), rouged, rouging.
to color with rouge.
verb (used without object), rouged, rouging.
to use rouge.
Origin of rouge1
1475-85; < French: red < Latin rubeus; akin to red1
Related forms
unrouged, adjective
Can be confused
rogue, rouge. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rouged
Historical Examples
  • Their cheeks were rouged, their eye-lashes painted, their eyes bright with wine.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Do you think it would be awfully immoral if I rouged her cheeks a suspicion?

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • She contracted her lips, which were rouged like those of a clown.

    Luna Benamor Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Her face was rouged and there were artificial shadows under her eyes.

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford
  • She is rouged and powdered, dressed with a comical elegance in black silk.

    Three Plays Luigi Pirandello
  • When you are rouged and powdered, you'll be as bold as a page.

  • rouged faces, flushed with drink, looked well in the sunset.

    The Poet Li Po Arthur Waley
  • The cheeks had been rouged up to the eyes, which were picked out in violet ink.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • She is seventy years old, and powdered and rouged like an actress!

    Kildares of Storm

    Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • Her face speaks in every lineament; theirs are rouged and wrinkled masks.

    Peg Woffington Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for rouged


a red powder, used as a cosmetic for adding redness to the cheeks
short for jeweller's rouge
verb (transitive)
to apply rouge to
Word Origin
C18: from French: red, from Latin rubeus
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Word Origin and History for rouged



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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