or ba·rège



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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barege

Historical Examples of barege

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

  • 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

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

    The Shoulders of Atlas

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for barege



a light silky gauze fabric made of wool


made of such a fabric

Word Origin for barège

C19: named after Barèges, France, where it was originally made
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