- Rouge is defined as a red powder that is used to polish glass and metals.
An example of rouge is a ferric oxide-based powder that allows a shine to be buffed onto metal.
- Rouge is blusher or a red powder or cream used to give color to the cheeks.
A reddish-toned makeup from Clinique or Bobby Brown or Maybelline that you put on your cheeks in order to give them some color is an example of rouge.
rouge definition by Webster's New World
- any of various reddish cosmetics in powder, paste, or liquid form, esp. a red or reddish cream, for adding color to the cheeks or lips: a cosmetic used esp. formerly
- a reddish powder, mainly ferric oxide, for polishing jewelry, metal, etc.
Origin: French red, rouge ; from Classical Latin rubeus: see Ruby
Origin: origin, originally slang term at Eton, a scrimmage ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
rouge definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A red or pink cosmetic for coloring the cheeks or lips.
- A reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used to polish metals or glass.
- To put rouge onto: rouged her cheeks.
- To color or prettify as if with a facial cosmetic: “Their job is to rouge up the war . . . to turn the horror into cheering press releases” (Richard Corliss).
Origin: French, from Old French, red, from Latin rubeus; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.