\ 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 According to Chave, in the 18th century, white Hermitage was more famous than red, made from mostly syrah, but in recent years Hermitage blanc has had far fewer fans than the rouge. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Nobody Should Be Afraid to Drink White Wine in Winter," 25 Sep. 2019 New York was feeling the heat this weekend, and the rouge alligators throughout Long Island were not immune. Kelli Bender,, "Long Island Man Finds Baby Alligator in His Swimming Pool During New York Heatwave," 22 July 2019 WeWork tries to put rouge on this ogre by stating that in a downturn, after all, the cost of leases and construction will be lower. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: WeWork carries Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn’ craze to its absurd limits," 12 Sep. 2019 Rose’ glowing skin, rouge lips, and sleek slick-back is the perfect hot girl recipe. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Amber Rose Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump and Beautiful Black Hair," 29 Aug. 2019 The gorgeous red-head rocked a bright rouge, sporty-chic catsuit, complete with matching boots and ear muffs. Michele Corriston,, "Shop Kathryn Dennis' Red-Hot, $1K Sexy Ski Outfit from Southern Charm," 25 July 2019 The traditional white manse on Kirby Drive has played host to many a rouge, blanc et bleu lawn-slash-house party. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Inside the French consul general's Bastille Day cocktail party in River Oaks," 16 July 2019 Another doorway connects to the moody vermilion bar, whose cocktail menu showcases a grand tour of vermouths, including an Athenian rouge that smells like a bowl of vanilla and roses. Fortune, "Review: Patience Is a Virtue Well-Rewarded at this New Orleans Hotel Bar," 14 July 2019 Kramer and Hymanson marinate the rabbit loins with a mixture similar to the spices in the stew, swapping paprika for tomato as a rouge companion to the yellow curcumin in the turmeric-y hawaij. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The science behind a feast of flavor pairings at Kismet in Los Angeles," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "8 Beauty Moments That Ruled the New York Runway This Weekend," 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, "A Complete Guide to Fall’s Best Women’s Fashion Trends," 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, "Intriguing stories swirl in new play about the iconic Mona Lisa," 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, "For This Soup, Some Assembly Is Required (and Provided)," 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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12 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rouge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of rouge

old-fashioned : 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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