Definition of taupe in English:



  • Gray with a tinge of brown.

    [as modifier] ‘a taupe overcoat’
    • ‘The colour taupe is perfect for grey or blonde hair.’
    • ‘Along with taupe and chocolate brown, one of this season's hottest shades is a muted heather (lavender with a bit of gray).’
    • ‘For a subtle look, use a slightly darker or lighter hue of the main color (i.e. beige and taupe, navy and royal blue, purple and violet).’
    • ‘This season, however, earthy tones such as brown, taupe and khaki green are also making a presence.’
    • ‘There are bolts of taupe fabric draped on the windows, and the lighting is muted.’
    pale, pastel, light-toned
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Early 20th century: from French, literally mole, moleskin from Latin talpa.