[ 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, roug·ing.

to color with rouge.

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

to use rouge.

Nearby words

  1. roucou,
  2. roue,
  3. rouen,
  4. rouen lilac,
  5. rougail,
  6. rouge croix,
  7. rouge dragon,
  8. rouge et noir,
  9. rouget cell,
  10. rouget de lisle

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

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British Dictionary definitions for rouging


/ (ruːʒ) /


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 rouging



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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