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Blush vs Rouge - What's the difference?

blush | rouge |

Rouge is a synonym of blush.

As nouns the difference between blush and rouge

is that blush is an act of blushing while rouge is red or pink makeup to add colour to the cheeks; blusher.

As verbs the difference between blush and rouge

is that blush is to redden in the face from shame, excitement or embarrassment while rouge is to apply rouge (makeup).

As an adjective rouge is

of a reddish pink colour.



Etymology 1

(etyl) blyscan . Cognate with Old Norse .


  • An act of blushing.
  • (uncountable) A sort of makeup, frequently a powder, used to redden the cheeks. Confer rouge.
  • A color between pink and cream.
  • Derived terms
    * blush is off the rose * at first blush


  • To redden in the face from shame, excitement or embarrassment.
  • * Milton
  • To the nuptial bower / I led her blushing like the morn.
  • * 1912 , Stratemeyer Syndicate, Baseball Joe on the School Nine Chapter 1
  • But Tommy was bashful, and the attention he had thus drawn upon himself made him blush . He was a timid lad and he shrank away now, evidently fearing Shell.
  • To become red.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The sun of heaven, methought, was loth to set, / But stayed, and made the western welkin blush .
  • To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate.
  • * Shakespeare
  • To blush and beautify the cheek again.
  • To express or make known by blushing.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I'll blush you thanks.
  • To have a warm and delicate colour, like some roses and other flowers.
  • * T. Gray
  • Full many a flower is born to blush unseen.
    * flushing * reddening

    Etymology 2

    1486 Dame Julia Barnes. The Book of St Albans.


  • The collective noun for a group of boys.
  • A blush of boys.
    Usage notes
    This is probably a fanciful expression and is not in common use.
    * Noun sense: 1986 Oxford Reference Dictionary: Appendix


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    (wikipedia rouge)


    (en adjective)
  • Of a reddish pink colour.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • Red or pink makeup to add colour to the cheeks; blusher.
  • * '>citation
  • Any reddish pink colour.
  • (Canadian football) A single point awarded when a team kicks the ball out of its opponent's end zone, or when a kicked ball becomes dead within the non-kicking team's end zone. Etymology uncertain; it is thought that in the early years of the sport, a red flag indicated that a single had been scored.
  • In the Eton College field game, a five-point score awarded for kicking the ball so that it deflects off one of the opposing players and goes beyond the opposition's end of the pitch, and then touching the ball.
  • (chemistry, archaic) A red amorphous powder consisting of ferric oxide, used in polishing and as a cosmetic; crocus; jeweller's rouge.
  • Synonyms

    * (makeup) blush


  • To apply rouge (makeup).
  • She rouged her face before setting out for the party.

    Derived terms

    * jeweller's rouge

    See also



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