from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cosmetic intended to give the appearance of a fair skin.
  • n. A powder used as a flux in enameling, usually one of the salts of bismuth.


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  • The rouge and pearl-powder, she thought, rather spoiled than improved her looks; and the lightness of her clothing, with the exposure of her person, was displeasing.

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale

  • If he has to administer rouge or pearl-powder to ladies, he does it with

    Mens Wives

  • Resplendent with pearl-powder and with cosmetics, she sat in there, stately and majestic, with a small brass poker in her hands, with which she was stirring the ashes of the hand-stove.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • When she emerged from thence, her fringe artistically curled, her face becomingly tinged with pearl-powder, her dress and appointments all combining to give her small person importance, and show a due regard to the exigencies of fashion, she found the couch which the mysterious stranger had occupied was vacant.

    The Mystery of a Turkish Bath

  • The face, and arms, and neck must be made as white as possible by the use of pearl-powder.

    Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants

  • It was true, she said, that Lucretia was not so very many years younger than herself, and, for her part, she thought pearl-powder and rouge and dyed hair, and all such trash, made people look old and silly, instead of young and handsome.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866

  • I considered her to be a pink-and-white nonentity, without an idea beyond a neat adjustment of pearl-powder, and then found that she possessed brains enough to outwit two minds of no mean calibre, namely, yours, Middleton, and my own.

    The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers

  • The naughty baby, regardless alike of his father's wishes and the filial code, passed over all these glittering instruments of wealth and power, and devoted his attention exclusively to some hair-pins, pearl-powder, rouge, and a lot of women's head-ornaments.

    Historic China, and other sketches

  • She had arrayed herself in a trailing gown of rich black velvet, fastened at the side with jet clasps -- a cluster of natural, innocent, white violets nestled in the fall of Spanish lace at her throat -- her face was pale with pearl-powder, -- and she had eaten a couple of scented bon-bons to drown the smell of her recent brandy-tipple.


  • I dusted her pure little face with pearl-powder and the faintest _soupçon_ of rouge.

    Everyman's Land


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