American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A deep red to dark grayish purple.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Purple-brown; reddish-brown; of a flea-color.
- n. A purple-brown or reddish-brown color.
- n. a brownish-purple color. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, deep red to dark grayish purple.
- adj. Of a brownish-purple color. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, deep red to dark grayish purple.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of a dark brown or brownish purple color.
- n. a color varying from dark purplish brown to dark red
- From French couleur puce ("flea-colored"), from Latin pūlex ("flea"). (Wiktionary)
- French (couleur) puce, flea (color), puce, from Old French, variant of pulce, flea, from Latin pūlex, pūlic-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We should all be grateful for our honest friends; the ones who tell us hard truths, like that we have something stuck in our teeth and that puce is not a color anyone should wear.”
“He was arrayed in puce and gold, rings slipped on to his fingers, his legs coaxed into hose with marvellous clocks splashed on their sides, and a diamond buckle placed above the large black bow of his tie-wig.”
“It seems that SNCF ticket machines, autoroute toll collection machines, etc. need a "puce" - what's a Yank to do?”
“He does not understand the soul-agony of a man who makes his first appearance in puce.”
“With Chirac playing the drama queen, decribed by the media as "puce", and a Schröder, "white with rage" puffing himself up with artificial fury, not least because Blair is cosying up to Merkel, all it needed was for Juncker to come up with his now infamous phrase: "Europe is not in a state of crisis… it is in a state of profound crisis," and the copy-writers had all they needed.”
“The puce-faced obstructionist, breathing fire and fury at anyone who dares ask about Rooney?”
“Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin A detail of the "cigar box" at Drynachan Lodge, the drawing room with tartan carpet and puce velvet club chairs.”
“Like how sometimes your friend has a new sweater in a particularly awful shade of puce that makes him/her look quite bilious, and when your friend asks, "How do I look in my pleasing new sweater?" you respond, if you are a well-bred person, "What a striking color that is!”
“His black eye faded to a sort of sickly puce gray.”
“Let the country be relieved that Old Glory's design does not include puce or mauve.”
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