\ ˈtōp \

Definition of taupe 

: a brownish gray

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Following on from her Irish-inspired green look yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex opted for a somewhat more muted shade of taupe this time with a Roland Mouret dress, featuring an asymmetrical skirt and sash waist. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Taupe Roland Mouret Dress Means Business for Day 2 of Her Ireland Trip," 11 July 2018 This year, however, thanks to the bold-hued inspiration of the late 1980s and early ’90s, the soft neutral ivories and taupes have been replaced with reds, greens, mustards. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Festival season in Philadelphia is here. Here's what to wear so you don't look like a fool | Elizabeth Wellington," 30 May 2018 Kay, real estate experts agree that colors such as taupe, gray and beige seem to add the most to a home’s resale value. Houston Chronicle, "A lack of privacy," 10 June 2018 The little locker-like closets for the kids were already there, but everything was taupe. Mimi Read, House Beautiful, "Lindsey Coral Harper on Decorating With Bold Colors," 10 Feb. 2015 For me, combining Powerful and Flirty [a cool taupe] is a no-brainer for an easy nighttime look. Maureen Choi, Glamour, "Kerry Washington Plays 20-ish Beauty Questions," 10 May 2018 Her eyes were defined but not overly lined or smoky, a layer of taupe shadow spread over her lids. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Hair and Makeup Is Refreshingly Simple," 19 May 2018 During her second major public appearance after their engagement, Markle wore a Smythe Brando Coat, taupe wrap, black Marks & Spencer Bell-Sleeve Jumper and black Burberry flare trousers while stopping by Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton with Harry. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Once Struggled to Get 'Big Designers' to Dress Her, Ladies of London Star & Stylist Says," 19 May 2018 Covered in wavy brushstrokes in shades of taupe and gray, the print was a departure for Jenner, but the figure-hugging silhouette was true to form. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Turns Out Kylie Jenner Is a Phoebe Philo Fan," 9 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of taupe

: a brownish-gray color

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