Definition of ceruse in English:


Pronunciation /səˈro͞os/ /səˈrus/ /ˈsi(ə)ˌro͞os/ /ˈsɪ(ə)ˌrus/

Translate ceruse into Spanish


archaic term for white lead
‘The white lead made hair fall out; and the extensive use of ceruse through the Elizabethan era explains the fashion for high foreheads, as hairlines receded.’
  • ‘Ceruse ought not to be administered internally.’
  • ‘The ceruse mixture was applied to the neck and bosom as well as the face.’


Late Middle English via Old French from Latin cerussa, perhaps from Greek kēros ‘wax’.