\ ˈrüzh How to pronounce rouge (audio) , especially Southern ˈrüj \

Definition of rouge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various cosmetics for coloring the cheeks or lips red
2 : a red powder consisting essentially of ferric oxide used in polishing glass, metal, or gems and as a pigment


rouged; rouging

Definition of rouge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to apply rouge to
2 : to cause to redden

intransitive verb

: to use rouge

Examples of rouge in a Sentence

Noun She was wearing too much rouge.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Casa Gaga Collection Using cosmetics in the same way that women during the era, such as taking an all-over rouge and using it as both blush and eyeshadow, was something that helped the makeup feel more authentic. Marie Lodi,, 25 Nov. 2021 Swap out your overpowering mulled wine for this rouge. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Sweating through the layered rouge on her cheeks, Candy stares off into space, unaware of the two men, cops, likely, watching her. Mark Jacobson, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 When the sun set in New York, the Empire State Building glowed bleu, blanc, rouge in Baker’s honor. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2021 Rock started photographing Bowie as the artist was forming his Ziggy Stardust persona: bright red mullet, with blood-red rouge and eye shadow and glittery gold lipstick. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 In the 1920s, women inside England's Holloway Prison scraped paint chips off their cell walls to use as face powder and dampened red paper to use as rouge. Zara Stone, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 Here our subject gains rouge, eye shadow and an inner life. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 One who is best known for being able to draw strength, beauty, emotion and magic — in some cases all at the same time — on the faces of his subjects with the touch of a makeup brush or rouge or sometimes just with an application of moisturizer. Blue Carreon, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Because Chandler was hit with rouging the passer on the play, Hamilton had an untimed down to try to win it from the 2. Richard Obert, azcentral, 30 Dec. 2019 That morning, Suzanne had spritzed some of her mother’s favorite perfume on her, put red lipstick on her lips and used some to rouge her cheeks. Maggie Jones, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2019 Sharing the catwalk with fellow gender-benders Jazelle and Munroe Bergdorf, Desmond wore his slicked gray hair and rouged cheeks with natural swagger. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 12 Feb. 2018 From left: Prada’s Fair-Isle layered combo; an appealingly modest iteration at The Row; full-onmid-90s nostalgia at Versace; an ankle-grazing ensemble at Max Mara; Dior’s rouge 1960s revival. Rebecca Malinsky And Rory Satran, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2018 A normally modest Lisa Gherardini appears for her sitting heavily rouged, her hair in a snood, her lavish jewelry and ornamental scarves someone else’s idea. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, 17 July 2017 This is even better in a version rouged by chile oil and hiding traces of Sichuan peppercorn, their presence betrayed by a gradual blurring of the lips. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of rouge


1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1752, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for rouge


French, from Middle French, from rouge red, from Latin rubeus reddish — more at ruby

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2 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of rouge

: a red powder or cream that is used to make your cheeks pinker


\ ˈrüzh How to pronounce rouge (audio) \

Kids Definition of rouge

: a cosmetic used to give a red color to cheeks or lips


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