\ 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 In the 1920s, American beauties applied rouge as lip color and cheek color, and used mascara for both lashes and brows. Sara Bosworth, WSJ, "You Only Need One Beauty Product—This Is It," 30 Apr. 2021 Chinese women in the Tang Dynasty fashioned rouge out of pomegranate, safflower, and cinnabar, a mineral containing toxic mercury. Linda Wells, Town & Country, "This Will Make You Blush," 16 Apr. 2021 Consider the child who turns their wagon into a flying machine or the young entrepreneur who uses their wagon to collect rouge golf balls on the course and sell them to golfers. Tracy Brower, Forbes, "What The CEO Of Radio Flyer Can Teach Us About Happiness And Work-Life," 12 Apr. 2021 Between wanting to feel more like themselves and having more time to dedicate to the upkeep, his copper and strawberry blonde clients have been taking the plunge into shades of rouge, ruby, and cayenne spice this winter. Sydney Clarke,, "Kylie Jenner’s Ruby-Red Bob Is Right On Trend For Winter," 15 Dec. 2020 Notes of Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle come through the rouge pathways with echoes of an untamed, rambling English garden. Erin Zelle, Los Angeles Times, "Flamingo Estate’s luxe garden offerings come to a Culver City pop-up," 24 Nov. 2020 On Corrin: Chanel jacket ($5,350), top ($4,600), skirt ($2,750), belt ($2,800), earrings ($850), and necklace ($1,425); Chanel Fine Jewelry bracelet; try Dior liquid mono eyeshadow in mauve ($30) and rouge Dior Ultra Care in rosewood ($38). Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "A Royally Candid Interview with The Crown's Emma Corrin, Josh O'Connor, and Emerald Fennell," 21 Oct. 2020 Nebraska coach Scott Frost, backed by his athletic director and chancellor, criticized the league’s decision and even suggested the Cornhuskers would play a rouge schedule, a threat since canceled. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Vote or no vote? Big Ten's decision remains controversial," 17 Aug. 2020 Our fingernails match our toenails match our lipstick match our rouge. Rosalind Jana,, "The Case For At-Home Glamour," 6 Apr. 2020 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, "Arizona high school sports 10 memorable moments in the last 10 years," 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, "The Movement to Bring Death Closer," 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, "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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“Rouge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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