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[roozh] /ruʒ/
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.
Origin of rouge
1475-85; < French: red < Latin rubeus; akin to red1
Related forms
unrouged, adjective
Can be confused
rogue, rouge. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rouged
Historical Examples
  • rouged faces, flushed with drink, looked well in the sunset.

    The Poet Li Po Arthur Waley
  • Do you think it would be awfully immoral if I rouged her cheeks a suspicion?

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Her face was sunken and lined and rouged to lessen the ravages of age, and her hair was palpably mismatched.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Her face speaks in every lineament; theirs are rouged and wrinkled masks.

    Peg Woffington Charles Reade
  • He liked her hat, and when she flushed with pleasure demanded proof that she was not rouged.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • On the fourth day Medora powdered her face and rouged her lips.

  • Only her lacerated gums ached until one tear after another forced its way from between her blackened lids down her rouged cheeks.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • For his daughter's lips were rouged, and they had reminded him of his youth.

    His Family Ernest Poole
  • The Egyptians painted their faces, rouged their lips, blackened their eyes, and oiled their hair and bodies.

  • It was the first time he had been in close proximity to a powdered back and rouged lips, and the sensation was curious.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
British Dictionary definitions for rouged


a red powder, used as a cosmetic for adding redness to the cheeks
short for jeweller's rouge
verb (transitive)
to apply rouge to
Word Origin
C18: from French: red, from Latin rubeus
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Word Origin and History for rouged



1753, in cosmetic sense, "blush," from French rouge "red coloring matter," noun use of adjective "red" (12c.), from Latin rubeus, related to ruber "red" (see red). Replaced native paint in this sense. The verb is attested from 1777. Related: Rouged; rouging. The same word had been borrowed from French in Middle English with the sense "red color; red" (early 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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