Main definitions of rouge in US English:

: rouge1rouge2

rouge1

noun

  • 1A red powder or cream used as a cosmetic for coloring the cheeks or lips.

    • ‘There was a vanity on the far wall that was covered with powders and shades of rouge, brushes, hairpins, and jewelry of all kinds.’
    • ‘My makeup routine was complete once I dusted my cheeks with rouge and applied colored lip-gloss.’
    • ‘She wore her hair in a high bun and even applied a little kohl around her eyes and some red rouge on her cheeks and lips.’
    • ‘Instead she turned her attention to applying a tasteful amount of rouge to her cheeks with a small red puff from one of the many decorative tin boxes that lined the table.’
    • ‘My face had been blanketed in pale powder and my cheeks brushed vigorously with pinky red rouge.’
    • ‘The former dramatic soprano dresses for the camera, cheeks feverish with rouge, a multipointed jester's hat and veil on her head, bejeweled hands, ratty fur stole.’
    • ‘She wore just enough rouge to accent her high cheekbones and enough eyeliner to bring out her beautiful light brown eyes.’
    • ‘Her skin had been scrubbed until it was soft, and then brushed over with powder and rouge so that they looked rosy and merry.’
    • ‘She lifted Olivia's chin and dusted her cheeks with rouge.’
    • ‘Her eyes had been accented with some of her mother's charcoal, and her cheeks given color with some rouge.’
    • ‘Other women would have their faces powdered and rouge rubbed into their cheeks, but Evy was only planning on putting a little bit of lipstick on.’
    • ‘For one thing she was wearing rouge on her cheeks and kohl about her eyes.’
    • ‘I must have blushed, because he told me that my face matched my dress and to go easy on the rouge.’
    • ‘Lydia also managed to dot a little bit of rouge on her cheeks and smudge the smallest amount of make-up onto her eyelids despite Sarah's protests.’
    • ‘She added rouge to her naturally olive-toned cheeks and left her room, apprehensively returning to the dance hall.’
    • ‘What a cliché, thought Sibyl, brushing rouge upon her cheeks very lightly.’
    • ‘I covered my cheeks with rouge heavily that night.’
    • ‘Her hair was in a simple knot at the nape of her neck, and rouge danced on her cheeks.’
    • ‘Her face was round and her cheeks darkened with rouge, her hazel eyes were narrow in her irritation, her mouth - also reddened - pursed likewise.’
    • ‘On her head they placed a diamond-studded crown, and then added a touch of rouge to each cheek.’
    cosmetics, greasepaint
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    1. 1.1
      another term for jeweler's rouge

verb

[with object]often as adjective rouged
  • 1Color with rouge.

    ‘her brightly rouged cheeks’
    • ‘I fought back the tears that were threatening to cascade down my rouged cheeks and the words of greeting I had so carefully crafted were choked as they sputtered from my mouth.’
    • ‘My cheeks were rouged to look flushed and my eyes made up for a doe-eyed look.’
    • ‘Finally, feeling like more like a doll than a real person with her face powdered and cheeks rouged, Katherine was ushered into the hallway.’
    • ‘Her high cheekbones were rouged subtly, as were her perfectly formed lips.’
    • ‘Her cheeks were rouged and her hair dyed a wine color, making her intense blue eyes stand out vividly.’
    • ‘She tossed her blond hair away from her heavily rouged cheeks.’
    • ‘And finally, in each, the palest cream complexion is dramatically offset by the feverishly high color of expansively rouged cheeks.’
    • ‘They flirted with us shamelessly yet innocently and when we left insisted we kissed their heavily rouged and powdered cheeks.’
    • ‘Elagabalus painted his eyes and rouged his cheeks, openly referred to this or that lover as his husband, and allegedly even stood in doorways, shaking the curtains as a harlot would.’
    • ‘White-faced and heavily rouged, she rests on a chaise-longue in front of a large ornate looking-glass.’
    • ‘His cheeks had such a blush to them that I wondered idly whether he'd rouged them a bit.’
    • ‘The woman who would be ‘evaluating’ me was a middle-aged, plump woman with rouged cheeks, and heavily outlined dark eyes, and a head of brown curls.’
    • ‘Arriving fully dressed, she pauses to put on lipstick and rouge up her cheeks.’
    • ‘A squat, rouged woman with rotten front teeth opened the door.’
    • ‘She heard Jem's description of their heavily rouged faces covered with pearl powder, a practice she erroneously supposed was learned ‘from the Indians.’’
    • ‘Mac put a heavy hand on her shoulder and pushed her aside to allow Jon to stoop in the doorway and lay a girlish kiss on the girl's badly rouged cheek.’
    • ‘Rouging her cheeks, Annabelle looked in the mirror and her reflection satisfied her.’
    • ‘Her slightly rouged cheeks flushed and her soft skin was covered with goosebumps.’
    painted, done up, powdered, rouged
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    1. 1.1archaic no object Apply rouge to one's cheeks.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the color red): from French, ‘red’, from Latin rubeus. The cosmetic term dates from the mid 18th century.

Pronunciation

rouge

/ro͞oZH//ruʒ/

Main definitions of rouge in US English:

: rouge1rouge2

rouge2

noun

  • (in Canadian football) a single point awarded when the receiving team fails to run a kick out of its own end zone.

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

rouge

/ro͞oZH//ruʒ/