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or barège

[buh-rezh] /bəˈrɛʒ/
a sheer fabric constructed in a leno weave of silk warp and cotton or worsted filling, often used to make veils and dresses.
Origin of barege
First recorded in 1805-15; after Barèges, town in southern France (Hautes-Pyrénées) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The gingham will last longer than the barege, and will be good for more uses after it is outworn as a dress.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • She did her hair according to the directions of the hairdresser, and put on the barege dress spread out upon the bed.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • She said she had nothing but a black 'barege' along, and would that do with the hat she had on?

    The Kentons William Dean Howells
  • Mimi was seized with a fit of hysterical laughter, and skipped about like a kid, waving a barege scarf.

  • He had no doubt his mistress would look most charmingly in a barege.

  • She laid a fold of the barege over the pink silk, then she looked radiantly at Sylvia.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • In lieu of a hat, a barege veil covered her light brown and abundant hair.

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for barege


a light silky gauze fabric made of wool
made of such a fabric
Word Origin
C19: named after Barèges, France, where it was originally made
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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