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  1. any of various red cosmetics for coloring the cheeks or lips.

  2. a reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used for polishing metal, glass, etc.

verb (used with object),rouged, roug·ing.
  1. to color with rouge.

verb (used without object),rouged, roug·ing.
  1. to use rouge.

Origin of rouge

1475–85; <French: red <Latin rubeus; akin to red1

Other words from rouge

  • un·rouged, adjective

Words that may be confused with rouge

Other definitions for rouge (2 of 2)

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  1. red; noting the red numbers in roulette. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rouge in a sentence

  • Hester—small, animated, highly rouged—opened the ball, and danced until the small hours “with astonishing elasticity.”

    History's Most Memorable Mistress | Ian McIntyre | December 26, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Then there was the very pretty, but much be-powdered and rouged girl behind them in number nine.

  • But the next moment the blood faded from her slightly rouged cheeks, for Lienhard—was it possible, was it imaginable?

    Complete Short Works | Georg Ebers
  • You could see he was ready for the enemy—his dark-rouged cheeks, his penciled eyebrows proved it.

    The Crow's Nest | Clarence Day, Jr.
  • Repellier's quick eye noticed that her cheeks were rouged, and that a touch of crimson had been added to her usually pale lips.

    The Silver Poppy | Arthur Stringer
  • Her rouged lips were tinted a carmine so bright that they looked like a wound across her white face.

    The Shadow | Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for rouge


/ (ruːʒ) /

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

  1. to apply rouge to

Origin of rouge

C18: from French: red, from Latin rubeus

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