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Origin of taupe

1910–15; < French < Latin talpa mole
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Contemporary Examples of taupe

Historical Examples of taupe

  • The little steamer was feeling her cautious way up a river of dull silver between banks of taupe and mauve.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • Her frock was taupe colored, of a soft woolen material, ornamented with many small buttons.

    The Mystery Girl

    Carolyn Wells

  • The bathroom has the walls painted in broad stripes of dull blue and taupe, the stripes being quite six inches wide.

  • The old puzzle sentence, Caille a haut nid, taupe a bas nid, shows this very well.

British Dictionary definitions for taupe


    1. a brownish-grey colour
    2. (as adjective)a taupe coat

Word Origin for taupe

C20: from French, literally: mole, from Latin talpa
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Word Origin and History for taupe

1880s, "a mole," later (1911) "dark brownish-gray color" (the color of moleskin), from French taupe, the color, originally "a mole," from Latin talpa "a mole."

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