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rouge 1

Syllabification: rouge
Pronunciation: /ro͞oZH/

noun

1A red powder or cream used as a cosmetic for coloring the cheeks or lips.
Example sentences
  • Other women would have their faces powdered and rouge rubbed into their cheeks, but Evy was only planning on putting a little bit of lipstick on.
  • Lydia also managed to dot a little bit of rouge on her cheeks and smudge the smallest amount of make-up onto her eyelids despite Sarah's protests.
  • For one thing she was wearing rouge on her cheeks and kohl about her eyes.
1.1 another term for jeweler's rouge.

verb

[with object] (often as adjective rouged) Back to top  
1Color with rouge: her brightly rouged cheeks
More example sentences
  • Elagabalus painted his eyes and rouged his cheeks, openly referred to this or that lover as his husband, and allegedly even stood in doorways, shaking the curtains as a harlot would.
  • She tossed her blond hair away from her heavily rouged cheeks.
  • And finally, in each, the palest cream complexion is dramatically offset by the feverishly high color of expansively rouged cheeks.
1.1 [no object] archaic Apply rouge to one’s cheeks.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the color red): from French, 'red', from Latin rubeus. The cosmetic term dates from the mid 18th century.

Words that rhyme with rouge

Bruges

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rouge 2 Syllabification: rouge
Pronunciation: /ro͞oZH/

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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