- 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
Examples from the Web for rouging
The study of clothes was his chief consideration, he spent hours rouging and perfuming himself.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall
W. R. H. Trowbridge
They were fond of rouging their faces, especially the lips, and the eye was a feature to which much time and art were given.Oriental Women
Edward Bagby Pollard
The leading lady assumed an air of injured innocence, and left off rouging her cheeks to heighten the effect.My Actor-Husband
Some plates require a great deal of rouging; it then generally means that you must look to your sensitizer.Photogravure
Henry R. Blaney
Then she became suddenly serious, for she had come to the operation of rouging.
- 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 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.).