any of various red cosmetics for coloring the cheeks or lips.
a reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used for polishing metal, glass, etc.
verb (used with object), rouged, rouging.
to color with rouge.
verb (used without object), rouged, rouging.
to use rouge.

1475–85; < French: red < Latin rubeus; akin to red1

unrouged, adjective Unabridged
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rouge (ruːʒ)
1.  a red powder, used as a cosmetic for adding redness to the cheeks
2.  short for jeweller's rouge
3.  to apply rouge to
[C18: from French: red, from Latin rubeus]

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Word Origin & History

1753, in cosmetic sense, from Fr. rouge "red coloring matter," from adj. "red," from L. rubeus, related to ruber "red." Replaced native paint in this sense. The verb is attested from 1777.
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Example sentences
The fortune-teller had heavily rouged cheeks and wore cheap perfume, and her raspberry-colored scarves needed cleaning.
Although her flaming red hair and heavily rouged cheeks made her appear slightly eccentric, she was presentable.
The collection above contains even more blue to pair with autumn's wind-rouged cheeks.
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