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noun

1 [mass noun] A red powder or cream used as a cosmetic for colouring the cheeks or lips: she wore patches of rouge on her cheeks
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  • 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.
2 short for jeweller's rouge.

verb

[with object] (often as adjective rouged) Back to top  
1Colour with rouge: her brightly rouged cheeks
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  • 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: she rouged regularly now

adjective

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(Of wine) red.
Example sentences
  • Not surprisingly, he has discovered the utter joy to be found in a decent bottle of vin rouge.
  • We admit to enjoying a glass or two of vin blanc and/or vin rouge of an evening.
  • 2000 was a good Bordeaux year, some call it great, and even the lesser Bordeaux rouges like this one are good value for money.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the colour 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 Line breaks: rouge
Pronunciation: /ruː(d)ʒ/

noun

(In Canadian football) a single point awarded when the receiving team fails to run a kick out of its own end zone.

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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