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[tohp] /toʊp/
a moderate to dark brownish gray, sometimes slightly tinged with purple, yellow, or green.
1910-15; < French < Latin talpa mole Unabridged
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Examples for taupe
  • Our home used to be a pinkish-taupe, which was a horrible background for yellow- or chartreuse-leaved plants.
  • Arrange miniature deep green conifers around a trio of taller lime green ones in a low taupe bowl.
  • The rooms have been done in shades of brown, gray, taupe and beige with accents of green and deep red.
  • Instead of a montage of taupe and gray, it featured a few spots of beige.
  • These plastic lawn chairs come in white, green and taupe.
  • The forewings are taupe gray with light red along the veins, with a number of oval buff spots.
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 Fr. taupe, the color, originally "a mole," from L. talpa "a mole."
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