\ 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 Our fingernails match our toenails match our lipstick match our rouge. Rosalind Jana,, "The Case For At-Home Glamour," 6 Apr. 2020 Most people who use them like to work green polishing rouge into the leather. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Outdoorsman’s Guide to Social Distancing," 18 Mar. 2020 Other mentions: Deceased North Korean founder Kim Il-sung ruled his rouge state for 46 years before dying in 1994 while in office. Fox News, "Who are the world’s longest ruling leaders?," 31 Jan. 2020 Calment declined, calling the mayor un rouge, a Communist. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived—or a Fraud?," 10 Feb. 2020 But in 2016, the model and influencer launched her own fashion brand, Rouje, as in rouge, as in red, as in the shade of lipstick (the j is for Jeanne). Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Meet Jeanne Damas, the Influencer Who Turned French Beauty Into a Lucrative Business," 4 Dec. 2019 Had the smartphone cameras been rolling back then, much like the Parisian in the park multitasking lipstick as rouge, Lauder would have also been a viral sensation. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "YouTube Star Violette Is About to Invade Your Makeup Bag—Starting with This Poppy Red Lipstick," 20 Mar. 2018 Take it as insurance in the event of a wonky ending on a missed extra point or a rouge. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Calgary Stampeders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers odds, picks and betting tips," 22 Oct. 2019 Or, go rouge and peruse the aisles for inspiration., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Shopping winners," 6 Oct. 2019 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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29 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rouge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of rouge

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

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