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, roug·ing.

to color with rouge.

verb (used without object), rouged, roug·ing.

to use rouge.

Origin of rouge

1475–85; < French: red < Latin rubeus; akin to red1
Related formsun·rouged, adjective
Can be confusedrogue rouge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rouged

Historical Examples of rouged

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rouged



a red powder, used as a cosmetic for adding redness to the cheeks

verb (tr)

to apply rouge to

Word Origin for rouge

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.).

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