Definition of puce in English:

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Pronunciation: /pyo͞os/


Of a dark red or purple-brown color: his face was puce with rage and frustration
More example sentences
  • She stood impassively on the shoreline in a very unflattering puce bikini that was five sizes too small for her.
  • An oversized text with a puce cover, Blast's title was emblazoned diagonally across the cover in three-inch tall, bold, black type.
  • Mrs. Mahathy's face turned a beautiful puce color and her finger rose shakily towards the door.


A dark red or purple-brown color.
Example sentences
  • Admittedly there was no hint of green, or purple, or grey, or puce, or taupe, or beige, or whatever the hell other parties there are.
  • The events occurring when they were reduced to 13 caused Gloucester's head coach to turn a darker shade of puce.
  • Some of the parliamentarians turned puce with passion in their speeches, but they didn't seem to be hurling insults at each other or constantly trying to put each other down.


Late 18th century: from French, literally 'flea(-color)', from Latin pulex, pulic-.

  • This colour term is from a French word for ‘flea’.

Words that rhyme with puce

abstruse, abuse, adduce, Ballets Russes, Belarus, Bruce, burnous, caboose, charlotte russe, conduce, deduce, deuce, diffuse, douce, educe, excuse, goose, induce, introduce, juice, Larousse, loose, luce, misuse, moose, mousse, noose, obtuse, Palouse, produce, profuse, recluse, reduce, Rousse, seduce, sluice, Sousse, spruce, traduce, truce, use, vamoose, Zeus

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Syllabification: puce

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