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Definition of taupe

: a brownish gray

Examples of taupe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black blazers go well with traditional khakis or taupe dress slacks or perhaps with a sophisticated pattern such as a gray glen plaid. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MALE CALL: Blazers and sport coats/jackets are not the same thing," 4 Jan. 2021 The big kids’ Kelsa waterproof boot ($85) comes in magnet-chinois green or taupe-pink and other cool combinations plus fleece lining. oregonlive, "Winter outerwear: Bundle up before you venture out; see these sales for gift giving," 10 Dec. 2020 Now grab a fluffy eye shadow brush, such as Real Techniques Eye Shade and Blend Duo ($9, Ulta), and apply a medium-tone eye shadow, like a brown or a taupe, on top of the eyeliner, blending the color toward the crease. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, "Your Fool-Proof Guide to Gorgeous Smoky Eyes Every Time," 1 Dec. 2020 The walls were a mangy taupe, but African-print sheets hung over the windows. Francesca Mari, The New Yorker, "Using the Homeless to Guard Empty Houses," 30 Nov. 2020 Gambrel, whose New York projects often feature bold and artful hues, obliged, limewashing walls and layering in shades of taupe, putty, and gray for an aged finish that still exudes the sophistication for which he is known. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Malibu Hacienda Is Utterly Transformed Into a Serene Oasis of Calm," 18 Nov. 2020 Old Metairie, their significantly white and Republican-leaning suburb of New Orleans, is a mix of modest and stately homes, with the Coneys’ two-story house wrapped in taupe siding on the upper end. New York Times, "Rooted in Faith, Amy Coney Barrett Represents a New Conservatism," 11 Oct. 2020 For a moody look, make these plump faux pumpkins in muted colors, like burgundy, taupe, and charcoal. Shelby Deering, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Festive Ways to Feature Fall Pumpkin Decor in Your Home," 10 Sep. 2020 To protect the surface and add visual texture, Ms. Roughan installed Stark’s Twila outdoor carpet in soft taupe. Melissa Feldman, WSJ, "A Pool House Redo in Bedford, N.Y.," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of taupe

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taupe

French, literally, mole, from Old French, from Latin talpa

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The first known use of taupe was circa 1909

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9 Jan 2021

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“Taupe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taupe. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of taupe

: a brownish-gray color

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