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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.
  3. Canadian football.
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verb (used with object), rouged, roug·ing.
  1. to color with rouge.
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verb (used without object), rouged, roug·ing.
  1. to use rouge.
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Origin of rouge

1475–85; < French: red < Latin rubeus; akin to red1
Related formsun·rouged, adjective
Can be confusedrogue rouge
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Related Words for rouging

tint, illuminate, wash, enliven, embellish, paint, darken, infuse, dye, stain, burn, suffuse, glow, shine, glisten, twinkle, gleam, flare, flush, brighten

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Historical Examples of 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.

  • Some plates require a great deal of rouging; it then generally means that you must look to your sensitizer.


    Henry R. Blaney

  • Then she became suddenly serious, for she had come to the operation of rouging.

British Dictionary definitions for rouging


  1. a red powder, used as a cosmetic for adding redness to the cheeks
  2. short for jeweller's rouge
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verb (tr)
  1. to apply rouge to
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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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