Definition of ceruse in English:


Line breaks: cer¦use
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪəruːs
, sɪˈruːs


  • archaic term for white lead.
    More example sentences
    • The white lead made hair fall out; and the extensive use of ceruse through the Elizabethan era explains the fashion for high foreheads, as hairlines receded.
    • Ceruse ought not to be administered internally.
    • The ceruse mixture was applied to the neck and bosom as well as the face.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin cerussa, perhaps from Greek kēros 'wax'.

More definitions of ceruse

Definition of ceruse in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day mage
Pronunciation: meɪdʒ
a magician or learned person