- very light brown in color, as raw silk, unbleached linen, etc.
- an ecru color.
Also é·cru [French ey-kry] /French eɪˈkrü/.
Origin of ecru
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Over the back was an ecru antimacassar, tied with a pale-blue ribbon.Mrs. Bindle
In giving a brownish hue to such light colors as beige, ecru, etc., it is invaluable.The Practical Ostrich Feather Dyer
And the curtains are just simple cotton voiles, ecru in the living and dining rooms, and white in the bedrooms.A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband
Louise Bennett Weaver
She wore a percale gown, ecru ground with bright figures, a rose-colored cravat and a bonnet laden with flowers.L'Assommoir
A nervous tug-of-war was taking place between her right and left hand, with a twisted-up pair of ecru gloves for the cable.The Shadow
- a greyish-yellow to a light greyish colour; the colour of unbleached linen
- of the colour ecru
C19: from French, from é- (intensive) + cru raw, from Latin crūdus; see crude
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Word Origin and History for ecru
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