[ tohp ]
/ toʊp /


a moderate to dark brownish gray, sometimes slightly tinged with purple, yellow, or green.

Nearby words

  1. taunton,
  2. taunton deane,
  3. taunus mountains,
  4. tauon,
  5. taupata,
  6. taupo,
  7. taupo, lake,
  8. taur-,
  9. tauranga,
  10. tauri-

Origin of taupe

1910–15; < French < Latin talpa mole

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Examples from the Web for 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
  • 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


/ (təʊp) /


  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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