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[beyzh] /beɪʒ/
very light brown, as of undyed wool; light gray with a brownish tinge.
of the color beige.
Origin of beige
1855-60; < French; Old French bege, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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  • Her peignoir of beige, embroidered with red silk, was evidently of Parisian manufacture.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • In giving a brownish hue to such light colors as beige, ecru, etc., it is invaluable.

  • She was daintily dressed in some sort of beige chiffon with pearls about her neck, and had easy, pleasant manners.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • The riders converged on one of the straight cars, a beige mini-van, and crowded around it.


    Cory Doctorow
  • Harry noticed she was wearing a beige knit suit with a neckline that spoke volumes.

    The Observers G. L. Vandenburg
British Dictionary definitions for beige


  1. a very light brown, sometimes with a yellowish tinge, similar to the colour of undyed wool
  2. (as adjective): beige gloves
a fabric made of undyed or unbleached wool
Word Origin
C19: from Old French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for beige

1858, "fine woolen fabric," from dialectal French beige "yellowish-gray, brownish-gray," from Old French bege "the natural color of wool and cotton; raw, not dyed" (13c.), of obscure origin. "Das Wort lebt namentlich in der Bourgogne und Fr. Comté, daneben aber auch im Südwesten" [Gamillscheg]. As a shade of color, it is attested from 1879. As an adjective by 1879.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beige



Boring; insipid; ho-hum (1980s+ High-school students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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