from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brownish gray.

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  • n. A dark brownish-grey colour, the colour of moleskin.
  • adj. Of a dark brownish-grey colour.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mole. See Talpa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a greyish brown
  • adj. of something having a dusky brownish grey color


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Old French, mole, from Latin talpa.

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From French taupe, from Latin talpa ("mole").


  • In and out, the strands of gold swam through the heavier layers of thin taupe-colored yarn that constituted the knitted entirety of her dress.

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  • Boots of the Dúnedain, this specific iteration being a pair of Vasque Ranger GTX hikers in taupe and burt orange, with Strider outsole

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  • She appeared steady and solid in taupe pantsuit and sensible heels.

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  • Saks, for instance, has the exclusive on the "taupe" color of a Christian Louboutin ankle boot, while a metal-heeled Louboutin in beige is only at Neiman Marcus.

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  • Bed linen is usually available in a variety of shades of brown whether you want a rich dark chocolate shade or light brown such as taupe or beige.


  • It was here I learned what "taupe" meant; here I saw up close the horrors high heels cause over decades to women's feet (ladies, trust me, it's not worth the extra inches); and here that I regularly had my sales stolen by the "kindly" older saleswoman in the heavy makeup and jet-black bouffant.

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  • Surprisingly, his very own mother sleeps on the taupe Poppy Playground print.

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  • The walls are a freshly painted taupe and the windows are curtainless.

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  • It's tan/taupe/brown and the denim twill is heavy and strong.

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  • This one girl I met had set up a little lean-to there, really nothing more than a striped canvas awning on three sides and the top, with a fourth flap sort of taupe but maybe not so yellow that could be lowered for privacy, so's not to scandalize the occasional late-night passer-by.



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  • mole-colored: < Fr. taupe < Latin talpa "mole, moleskin"

    December 6, 2007

  • definition: a brownish gray that is paler and slightly yellower than chocolate, duller and slightly redder than mouse gray, and duller and slightly redder than castor

    January 2, 2007