[ tohp ]
/ toʊp /


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

Origin of taupe

1910–15; < French < Latin talpa mole
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012