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[tohp] /toʊp/
a moderate to dark brownish gray, sometimes slightly tinged with purple, yellow, or green.
Origin of taupe
1910-15; < French < Latin talpa mole Unabridged
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  • Her frock was taupe colored, of a soft woolen material, ornamented with many small buttons.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • The little steamer was feeling her cautious way up a river of dull silver between banks of taupe and mauve.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • The old puzzle sentence, Caille a haut nid, taupe a bas nid, shows this very well.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • The bathroom has the walls painted in broad stripes of dull blue and taupe, the stripes being quite six inches wide.

British Dictionary definitions for taupe


  1. a brownish-grey colour
  2. (as adjective): a taupe coat
Word Origin
C20: from French, literally: mole, from Latin talpa
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Word Origin and History for taupe

1880s, "a mole," later (1911) "dark brownish-gray color" (the color of moleskin), from French taupe, the color, originally "a mole," from Latin talpa "a mole."

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