: a dark red

Examples of puce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s so much richness here: there’s the spirit of the puces (flea market), the idea of clothes that have lived before. Tina Isaac-Goizé, Vogue, 3 July 2023 But this week, at least, the most reliable method for inducing puce-faced rage in the Brussels diplomatic corps has been to utter the word Spitzenkandidaten. The Economist, 22 Feb. 2018 Tired of painting test areas of a wall with endless shades of puce? Jay Samit, Fortune, 16 Aug. 2017

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Word History


French, literally, flea, from Old French pulce, from Latin pulic-, pulex — more at psylla

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puce was in 1781

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Cite this Entry

“Puce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puce. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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